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Mar 20, 2008 01:57 PM

Fleur de sel, Lunenburg Nova Scotia

We enjoyed a Spanish food and wine dinner at Fleur de Sel in Lunenburg last Saturday.
Despite a late winter snowstorm the house was full, mostly with local repeat customers.
I was fortunate to have a special behind the scenes look at the kitchen, having worked
hanging shelves and doing trim repairs on Friday while the cook staff were beginning to prepare the food. This is the off season and the restaurant is only open for a couple of evenings per month. (I do home renovation and general carpentry and this is the off season for me too),. This is a friendly and homely kitchen, with Martin and Sylvie the owners having a great relationship with their staff. Martin the chef in particular is very down to earth honest and blue collar at work behind the scenes. I think this shows in the product; the dinner was in all ways excellent and service superb. I have posted the menu below:

Spanish Food & Wine Menu – Saturday March 15th, 7pm

Amuse Bouche
Ensalada de Pulpo; In house smoked mackerel rillettes; Nova Scotian in shore-trapped prawns

1st - Carpacio de Bacalao
Our own cured Atlantic cod, saffron allioli, smoked paprika, fresh basil, arugula salad, black olive flor de sal d'estrenc
wine: NV Segura Viudas Aria, Cava (Spain)

2nd- Tasting of Valley Pork
Pork belly confit on crostini, caramelized onion and sherry vinegar;
Celery root soup with ham hock and truffle salad;
"Bacon & Eggs" - pork trotter stuffed with Jamon de Casa, fried quail's egg, jus
wine: 01' Vina Fardasol, Reserva Merlot (Spain)

Sorbet - Granita de Sangria

3rd- Arroz Negra
Squid ink rice, olive oil poached tuna, fennel and tomato fondue, saffron emulsion, crisp calamari, basil oil
wine: 05' Beronia, Viura Rioja (Spain)

4th- Guinea Fowl
Local guinea fowl, chestnut puree, savoy cabbage, roasted root vegetables, sherry & fig jus
wine: 01' Bodegas Altanza, Lealtanza Crianza Rioja (Spain)

5th- Queso
Selection of Spanish cheeses and their garnish
wine: 05' Las Bascula Turret Fields, Monastrell/Syrah (Spain)

6th - Dulces de Espana
Flan with caramel; churros, leche and mole; bunuelos with orange curd

Tickets are $105 per person including wines

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  1. One little note; I really like the Las bascula Turret fields. Earthy and NOT nouveau

    1. I share your fondness for FDS...they have introduced my husband and me to a number of local wines/liqueres. We are newcomers to the area and so far have discovered FDS, Trattoria della Nonna, and The Biscuit Eater...also the fish sandwich at The Knot Pub. Anything else we should know about?

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      1. re: LJS

        The Salt Shaker Deli just down Montague... but you probably know that already. It's another Martin-Sylvie venture, and during the winter they're doing Pasta Tuesdays and Sushi Fridays... we finally made it to a sushi night last night and it was fantastic.

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