Monday, August 27, 2012

Our 8th Anniversary Date

As promised, here's a post about our date at Beaujena's French Table restaurant. David booked these reservations back in March and it was well worth the wait. We had a seven course meal that took us three hours to enjoy. We were seated by Beaujena herself. Because we were celebrating our anniversary, we were taken to a private booth that was ours for the evening.

This lovely restaurant is owned and staffed by husband and wife team. They wanted to run a business that didn't run them, so to speak. They're open two nights a week and in the summer run a food truck three days a week. You can follow on Facebook for current truck menus and location. Such a sweet couple and they made the evening thoroughly enjoyable. What really makes this restaurant stand out is the surprise menu. You choose if you want a five or seven course and that's it. You and the rest of the patrons enjoy the same menu. This is what has allowed the proprietors to run it all by themselves. I have always wanted to try a french restaurant, but I'm intimidated when it comes to ordering off a menu, so this was perfect.

We forgot to take a picture of the second course, but here's what we ate. My David was kind enough to document each course so I could blog about it. I love that he "gets" me and supports me in all my craziness. (As always, click on the picture to enlarge)

Course #1
Crostini with duck liver pate, goose liver foie gras topped with creamed golden caviar

Course #2
Creamed cucumber and fresh fennel soup with dijon and creme fraiche topping

Course #3
Corn pasta in a creamed garlic sauce with fresh mint and pine nuts

Course #4
Wild pacific salmon with honey tarragon sauce served with quinoa and zucchini

Course #5
Beef, pork and chicken liver with apricot "french meatloaf", Creme fraiche blue cheese gravy, fresh new potatoes and asparagus

Course #6
Mixed greens salad with a white balsamic and olive oil vinaigrette topped with pear, blue cheese and candied walnuts

Course #7
Whipped cheesecake, frozen and topped with blueberries and blueberry sauce

We also had this little gentleman join us on our date. Beaujena was a little skeptical about his lasting through the meal, but when we left she said that people seemed surprised when we left with the baby that they didn't even realize was there. 

Little things that added to our experience... being so welcomed by the proprietors, being served dessert by chef Randy (in his freshly saved chef's coat) with happy anniversary wishes, being seated in the private booth, trying new food and taking our time to enjoy the whole experience.

If you are in Winnipeg and would like to eat at Beaujena's, we have $10 off coupons up for grabs.

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