Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Michelin star

I made a quick trip to Maury to check the final work on the last house in town which still doesn’t have electricity, nor working bathroom, nor…, nor…,
Actually, we would need an additional 6th months to complete these small (!?) works. When you take in consideration the work put into the cellar, fortunately finished, it seems to be a bit out of context!

We had a good lunch at Maison de Terroir (1 star Michelin given again this year): few customers for this Saturday lunch, but why stop the €28 menu and start with the more expensive one? Isn’t it better to refuse customers and slowly increase prices? I believe that thinking that weekend customers are wealthier is a bit out place these days! I am glad that I don’t manage a restaurant anymore!
The wine list includes good wines at an attractive price (i.e. Mas de Lavail Ego 2005 for €28).
The almond trees and their pink flowers, white and the yellow notes from the mimosas gave the landscapes of Maury and the Roussillon an air of Spring.

On our way back, we drove through the town of Carcassonne, already mobbed with tourists. The cassoulet we ate in a restaurant, I won’t mention, was not very fresh. Health checks and the health service are nor serious enough of with sufficient personnel to prevent tourists from the risk of getting the tourista – a well known disease in third world countries where cold chambers and hygiene are not available!
It is probably the same for this restaurant!


Ryan O'Vineyards said...

I didn't realize that you would be in my area or I would have invited you for a real cassoulet. Next time stop by!

Jean-Luc Thunevin said...

Thank you for the invitation. The next time we plan to stop by for Cassoulet on our way back from Maury, we will contact you!