If you’re missing the style and flavours of a long French lunch, and you don’t have the time or the funds for a trip to the continent, why not do the next best thing – make a booking at La Palette Cafe at Mount Ashby Estate.
This hatted restaurant has an incredible array of real French classics, starting with the cloud-like gruyere souffle, a real signature dish that’s never off the menu. Or try the fleur du courgettes – zucchini flowers, that is – stuffed with goats cheese and thyme and fried in a light tempura batter.
For mains, we recommend the confit de canard a l’orange, confit duck in an exquisite orange and sweet potato sauce, or the cote du rhone beef ribs slow cooked for 24 hours, until the meat literally falls off the bone.
You can pair the dishes with the Mt Ashby Estate wines – two standouts we tried were the Pinot Gris, with flavours of lychee and beurre bosc pears, and the Estate Merlot which had a rich chocolatey aroma and a deep berry taste.
For the full French experience, Mt Ashby Estate is also home to Sally Beresford Antiques, full of beautiful French household items, objets d’art and Sally’s famous tables made from specially selected French oak.