La Petite Pierre’s Dining Room: Open!

La Petite Pierre, a fantastic little French place on Camargo Road in Madeira usually promotes “fill the pot” events– that is, you can bring in your pot and they’ll fill it with whatever delicious traditional French dish they’ve prepared, and you take it home to enjoy it there. This weekend, however, they’re opening their dining room, and here’s the menu (it sounds fantastic):

Moules a la Marinere
Tarte Flambee
Lobster Bisque
Crispy Sweetbreads
stuffed in artichoke bottom cups with duxelle mushroom sauce

La Petite Pierre House Salad

Tartiflette: yukon gold roasted potato layered with bacon, carmelized shallot & reblochon cheese on greens

Veal Osso Buco with preserved lemon risotto & roasted garlic

Tuna Steak au Poivre with pinot noir sauce, potato spinach gratin & sage-roasted baby carrots

New York Strip with maitre d’hotel butter, pommes frites, tomato provencale

Trio of Lamb fleischnaken, rack of lamb & merquez

Banana & Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Rum Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Expresso Pots de Creme
White Chocolate Mousse

I’m so happy to see tartiflette on the menu– it’s a favorite dish of both The Better Half and mine (though we didn’t get any on our last trip to Paris; it’s very common at Christmas markets around the city) and I’ve been meaning to try to make it at home– reblochon is difficult (if not impossible) to get in the United States because it is made from raw milk, and it’s illegal to import raw milk cheeses into the country.  Most often, reblochon is something else but repackaged and renamed (which is not illegal– interesting article over on The Kitchn about this).  I would most certainly like to taste their version.  It’s bacon, cheese, potatoes and shallots: what could be better?