Bonjour mes amies! To celebrate my friend, Liz’s birthday, we dined in a tiny restaurant with a downstairs cave or wine cellar. So intimate, uplit to create a warm glow, Le Sixieme Sens was about to become one of my most memorable meals ever. The combination of rustic stone, bright green place settings and buddahs somehow all work together to create an ambiance that I had never experienced before.Image

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Our server, Sebastian, a quiet gentleman with a wry smile, answered our questions and guided us through the menu. We began with a Kir Royale, champagne and cassis, served with salted peanuts and pistachios. Sebastian suggested we try a local red wine, from Carcassonne, a 2008 Chateau Sesguieres Cabardes, soft and dark berries.

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I chose the Le Menu, meaning a meal at a fixed price (prix fixe) which includes three courses. The first course was a salade of duck breast with a slice of foie gras ( I know, it is so politically incorrect to eat this stuff) but we are in France and the French are proud of their traditions. I had not eaten foie gras for 33 years and enjoyed every bite of this creamy pate.Image

The main course consisted of a trio of seafood, prawns, salmon and a local seabass type fish, lightly grilled with a parsley butter sauce and served with angel hair pasta.Image

My companions all had the beef  tenderloin with red wine or mushroom sauce. Enough for three hungry people!

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Dessert was a slice of one of my French favorites, Tarte Tatin, a carmelized apple tart with puff pastry crust. This was so charmingly served with a small glass jar of creamy, cold, intensely flavored vanilla ice cream.

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So impressed with our dinners, we profusely thanked our host, who it turned out was the chef and owner of Le Sixieme Sens. Lionel gave us all kisses and was pleased we had such a fabulous experience. He offered to make us a special dinner of our request later on this week. We promised we would do some research and come up with something delicious and challenging for him to make. What will he create? Stay tuned!