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Thursday 22 September 2016

A two star Michelin lunch experience

Lunch at La Table de Franck Putelat at Le Parc in Carcassonne, France. 

A slick, suave experience with impressive food and slightly snotty service. I was the guest of a winery, so will focus here on the good experience. 

Chef Putelat has held two Michelin stars since 2012 and although he was not in evidence the kitchen still delivered. 

Almost full on a Wednesday out of peak season. A positive sign. Many guests were no doubt drawn by the excellent-value €40 lunch deal including a glas of wine - but we went the Full Monty. 

A couple of inventive amuse bouche offerings; followed by olive oil with foccacia; then a boullaibausse with duck foie gras, mussels, clams and saffron followed by a wonderfully moist and fresh piece of John Dory served with chewy sea snails, potatoes and parsnips. 

Coffee came with a delightful, and colourful, selection of bite-sized sweet things. 

The set menu offers formidable value even allowing for some slightly shoddy service and an impossibly complicated system to access the wifi. 

Alert, too, for Anglophones: do not be surprised to see dogs sitting at the owners' table. 

La Parc, Table de Franck Putelat, 80 Chemin des Anglais, Carcassonne. 

# The writer was a guest of Domaine Paul Mas. 

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