Last night’s visit again confirmed to us that Le Languedoc under Chef de Cuisine Anthony Nastus and managed by Alan and Ann Cunha and Neil and Ed Grennan is one of the island’s finest restaurants.
The dining rooms are small and pleasant and the service friendly and attentive. In the current menu, they have moved to the option of a number of small plates if you wish, or larger portions if you’d prefer. They offer 3 hors d’oeuvres, 6 first courses, and 5 dishes you can orde as haf or full plates, as well as 5 traditional main courses and4 side dishes, so you can assemble your mean in any number of delicious ways.
With the small plate option in mind, we started by sharing the Artisanal Cheese Plate ($14), which turned out to be two cheeses, an aged cheddar and a delicious Buchette goat cheese. These were served with crackers, raisins on the vine, quince paste and roasted pecans. It was a marvelous beginning.
For our actual first course, we both chose the Harlequin of Soups ($12): made up of a button mushroom soup with a roasted red pepper soup stirred into the middle. Any given spoonful contained some of the mushroom soup and some of the spicier pepper soup. Both beautiful and delicious.
Then for half plate first courses we chose half of a Rosemary Roasted Quail ($16), which was served with a Jamaican jerk vinaigrette and amazing bread and butter pickles, giving a sort of overall Jamaican flavor to the roast fowl. It was absolutely delicious.
Finally for the other half plate we ordered the amusingly titled Veal Sweetbread Saltimbocca ($16), which were prosciutto wrapped sweetbreads on a pepper and Vidalia onion ragout, with sage and balsamic vinegar. For such a small dish, it was both filling and really flavorful.
Finally, we split a dessert: the Sweet Inspirations Butter Crunch Sundae with Chocolate and Caramel Sauces. And yes, we split the larger sized one ($12). It was, of course, evilly delicious.
Le Languedoc has really moved to the top tier of our ratings this year with these thoughtful and delicious offerings. You really can’t do much better on the island!