On a cool evening 18 members and 10 guests (mostly husbands/partners) attended the annual President’s Dinner.
La Grillade, is a long established restaurant serving French styled food. We were fortunate to have a room to ourselves, which although open to the elements, had plenty of gas heating.
We were able to choose a large selection from their menu – 5 entrees, 4 mains and 5 desserts.
Entrees being :
Salt and Pepper Calamari
Snails in the Shell
French Goats Cheese
Atlantic Salmon Fillet
Coq au vin
Sirloin steak with a veal and red wine sauce
Coffee Profiteroles with Kahlua Anglaise
Rich Belgium Chocolate Mousse
Spiced Pannacotta with Apple Crumble
Brie with croutons
The garlic prawns were a popular choice for an entrée and were cooked to perfection.
The Potted Rabbit was served too cold to distinguish the flavour of the rabbit.
The Snails were considered reasonable.
The Atlantic Salmon and the Sirloin Steak were rated as being overcooked even though the wait staff mentioned that would not be the case.
The Pork Belly was considered to be excellent, well rendered and cooked perfectly, even though a little salty.
The Crème Caramel was rated highly but the choux pastry of the Profiteroles was disappointing in that the pastry was a little tough.
The brie was not ripe and, therefore, disappointing.
The wines on the evening were :
On arrival 2013 Freixenet Vintage – a crisp, dry sparkling
White : 2012 Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay from Hawke’s Bay NZ – a well regarded complex Chardonnay with depth and character.
Red : 2012 JL Chave ‘Mon Coeur’ Cotes du Rhone – drinking well but not enjoyed as much as the Chardonnay.
The general comments on La Grillade ranged from ‘not a restaurant to return to’ to ‘an average meal on the whole’ and a ‘lovely evening with friends’.