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Daily Dish: A Taste of Provence

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Monkfish Bourride with potato and tapenade.

Monkfish Bourride with potato and tapenade.

Want a way to beat the heat? Give yourself a night in Provence at Fig Tree Restaurant.

A prix fixe summer menu, A Taste of Provence, presents some of the light, flavorful dishes from the South of France. An option is to have wines from the region paired with three of the menu courses.

Appetizer choices are Lump Crab Stuffed Zucchini Blossom or the delicate Pissaladiere, featuring caramelized onions, olives and anchovies on a flatbread crust. This course is paired with a chilled Chateau Routas Rosé 2008.

A fish course offers Monkfish Bourride or Loup de Mer en Papillote. Monkfish, sometimes called the “poor man’s lobster” comes blanketed in a creamy white sauce. The loup de mer, a type of sea bass, comes topped with vegetables and baked in parchment. The wine offering is a rosé from a famous Côte de Provence producer, Domaine Ott.

Roasted Lamb Chops Ratatouille is the first choice on the meat course. The chops come trimmed, seared, and basted in butter. The mixed vegetable dish, ratatouille, is on the side. The other option is tender slices of Pan-seared Lamb Tenderloin Provençal.  The wine is Domaine Tempier Rouge, a red wine from Bandol.

A Cherry and Apricot Tarte or Chocolate Terrine bring a sweet end to the meal.

This summer offering is $48 per person. To have the wines paired with each course is another $12. The Fig Tree is at 515 La Villita St. For reservations, call (210) 224-1976.

Chocolate Terrine with white and dark chocolate layers.

Chocolate Terrine with white and dark chocolate layers.

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