Not long ago my wife and I had lunch here ordering from the fixed menu which we enjoyed very much. I noticed however that snails were featured on the main menu and I was keen to return ti try the a la carte.
Surprisingly for Sunday lunch the restaurant was less than half full and Thierry showed us to a pleasant table (I had booked but the first table we were offered was poorly positioned).
I ordered the snails of course which were served swimming in hot garlic butter. I've had bigger snails in France but the taste was as expected. Delicious. My wife ordered a salmon salad which was not only generous in size but much to her taste. The salmon was served more in a chunky style than thinly sliced and lightly smoked (on the premises Thierry advised).
For mains I chose venison which was served as a pie. Plenty of venison but as is so often the case, far from tender. My wife chose pork which came with a side dish of ratatouille. On expressing her disappointment that there were no green vegetables Thierry quickly produced a second side dish of steamed mixed vegetable.
As I was driving we limited ourselves to one glass of wine each, for me a young but very enjoyable Bordeaux, for her a glass of Shiraz which met with her approval, Generous poutings. well priced at $8 each.
Although we didn't need a dessert we decided to share a creme brûlée. As expected Thierry knows how to produce this standard French dessert unlike many.
Overall a very enjoyable and satisfying meal but I can't help comparing it with the three course set menu which at $35 a head is nearly half what we paid a la carte. Admittedly the choices are limited but it would be difficult not to find something that appealed.
Unlike many restaurants Thierry's wine charges are very reasonable both by the glass and the bottle. He also offers BYO at $2.50 per head.
Le Relais offers food cooked and presented in the French style by a chef who not only knows what he's doing but clearly enjoys doing it as well.
We look forward to an early return (for the set menu!).
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