Hubby turned 30 last week!
To celebrate this milestone, we went to visit his family in Grenoble, before throwing a big party in Paris with all our friends next month!
We had a cozy week-end surrounded by all the grand-parents & on Saturday night my in-laws treated us to a fairly exceptional dinner experience!
We went to Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, a 3 star Michelin restaurant, in Valence. It was just wonderful!
Follow me inside, to discover this very special place…
The current chef Anne-Sophie Pic is the only woman starred chef in France & comes from a family of chefs: the first Pic restaurant was open in 1889!
His grand-father was first awarded 3 Michelin stars, but her father lost 2 stars, before Anne-Sophie won back the 3rd star in 2007.
She now has 3 other restaurants in addition to the one in Valence: one in Paris, another in London & a last one in Lausanne.
Her signature are the sauces & indeed every dish we had was sublimated by a unique sauce.
I would say she also has oriental influences as often there is green tea or Japanese spices in her seasonings.
Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant in Valence is a cozy & warm place.
We started with champagne & some nibbles, while going through the menu.
^The leaves were iced pumpkin & beet leaves & were so tasty, I’ve never eaten such a thing before… And the green ball was delicious too, with green tea inside.
You can choose among 3 different menus, which differ on the number of dishes, then you have some established dishes & other you can choose. We went for the Harmony menu, the intermediate one.
Once you made your choice, they nicely print a special menu with the chosen dishes for the guests to take home as a souvenir.
Then the first dish arrived, a trio of carrots. And look how beautiful is the plate too!
We continued with the Gillardeau oyster with lovage & black cardamom ice-cream, & beetroots in different textures.
For the following dish, we could choose between butternut & bottarga ravioli & the Berlingots, the chef signature dish, a sort of ravioli filled with goat soft cheese.
Being 4, we took the 2 different options so that we could taste everything. Both were delicious, but the Berlingots won unanimously!
Then the scallops arrived! Scallops are one of my favorite foods so I was delighted!
Scallops came with a light broth of green apple, cinnamon leaf, green anise & celery.
Followed by the Mediterranean red mullet cooked in a floral broth of saffron, Kabosu lemon & amaretto. I honestly can’t say what my favorite dish was, everything was just so delicious!
Then it was time for meat. The choice was between veal sweetbread or venison. I went for the veal as anyway I don’t like the idea of eating Bambi…
But the sweetbread is a particular kind of meat, very squashy… & I’m kinda sensitive concerning meat… So eventually the birthday boy could his venison & my veal 😉
As the tradition is in France, to end the meal, cheese arrived! We had Brie de Maux with vanilla.
You can also have other kind of cheese. They arrive with a huge cheese cart, full of any kind of cheese you can wish for!
But we couldn’t eat that much, so we sadly refused the cheese cart & went straight to pudding.
There’s a first common dessert for everyone.
Before everyone chose is own dessert. I opted for the bitter honey chocolate: a chocolate honeycomb filled with bitter honey & 3 different types of chocolate mousse!
And if after all that, you have a little space left, there are some other small sweetnesses to share 😉
Oh & let’s not forget the chocolate & lemon birthday cake!!
Which we brought home, because honestly we couldn’t eat anything else!*
*That’s not exactly true, as I could eat almost all the chocolates that came with the coffee.
Hello, I’m Umberta & I am a chocoholic… 😉
The chef came twice to visit all the tables & see if everything was alright, I found it very nice. And she seems such a kind lady!
After dinner, we wandered around the cozy lounge areas,
admiring the warm yet original decoration,
& taking pictures in all the beautiful mirrors 😉 I have this thing with taking pictures in the mirrors…
There are old pictures of the Pic family
^Spot the odd one out! 😉
& a copy of all the Michelin guides, in which the restaurant is mentioned, from the oldest ones…
…to the newest!
On a wall there is also the former kitchen table of chef Anne-Sophie Pic.
Everywhere you feel a comfy & intimate atmosphere…
…such a wonderful place & an extraordinary dinner experience for the special birthday of my love!
It was really an amazing night & I’m so happy to have such a beautiful family in law!
Happy birthday my love! <3