Anne-Sophie PIC, le Restaurant, Valence

Birthday dinner at Pic restaurant in Valence, France

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!

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

Follow me inside, to discover this very special place…

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

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.

Birthday dinner at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Nibbles at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

^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.

Nibbles at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Birthday dinner Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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!

Trio of carrots at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

We continued with the Gillardeau oyster with lovage & black cardamom ice-cream, & beetroots in different textures.

Oyster at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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!

Berlingots Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Butternut and bottarga ravioli at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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.

Scallops at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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!

Mediterranean red mullet Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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 😉

Veal sweetbread at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Venison Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

As the tradition is in France, to end the meal, cheese arrived! We had Brie de Maux with vanilla.

Cheese at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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!

Cheese cart at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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.

Dessert at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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!

Chocolate & honey dessert at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

And if after all that, you have a little space left, there are some other small sweetnesses to share 😉

Desserts at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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… 😉

Birthday dinner at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Birthday dinner chez Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

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!

French starred chef Anne-Sophie Pic in her restaurant in Valence

After dinner, we wandered around the cozy lounge areas,

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

admiring the warm yet original decoration,

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

& taking pictures in all the beautiful mirrors 😉 I have this thing with taking pictures in the mirrors…

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

There are old pictures of the Pic family

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

Chef Anne-Sophie Pic

Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant in Valence, France

^Spot the odd one out! 😉

& a copy of all the Michelin guides, in which the restaurant is mentioned, from the oldest ones…

Michelin guides at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Michelin guides at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

…to the newest!

Michelin guides at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

Michelin guides at Anne-Sophie Pic restaurant, Valence

On a wall there is also the former kitchen table of chef Anne-Sophie Pic.

The former kitchen table of Anne-Sophie Pic

Everywhere you feel a comfy & intimate atmosphere…

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

Anne-Sophie Pic the restaurant in Valence, France

…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

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6 Comments

  1. Congrats to your hubby 😀 It looks like an amazing restaurant. I love Michelin restaurants. The interior looks amazing as well as the food 😀 All the dishes looks so interesting and unique 😀 Thank you for sharing this experience 😀

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