Une Table, au Sud is located on the second story of a tourist souvenir shop along a busy strip of outdoor dining areas across from the water where many boats are docked. It was good sized with rock music in the background, a lowered ceiling, wood floor, white tableclothes and a great view. They offered a couple tasting menu options, a la carte and a lunch special. Wine pairings were available. Pacing was good and portions were fairly large. We had the 3-course lunch menu with wine pairings. Even though it has one Michelin star there were some service issues, like tardy delivery of the wine to go with the course and not very friendly servers.
Everyone’s meal started with some amuse bouche. A chip and tomato was filled with liquid. A “pizza” was stuffed with lamb and guacamole and was fun. Peanut cream was on an olive pastry. The pastry was great and it was a good combination of flavors. An anchovy roll was thin, crisp and nice. A chickpea with lemon was a spoonful of tart and creamy. We had a pastis cocktail with this as there was not wine pairing for this portion of the tasting.
Sardine mousse was on crackers, made with strongly flavored sardines however the crackers were on the soft side as opposed to crisp.
Mussels, cous cous, red pepper and a tad of spice were topped with a lattice cut chip. The mussels were mild and tasty and added some saltiness. The cous cous was my favorite part.
Bread service was a selection of rolls that were all dense on the inside with a crisp crust on the outside. They had good chewiness. I enjoyed the baguette.
The Starter plate was Red mullet served with vegetables – carrots, leek, butternut squash – on a cucumber sauce decorated with a squid ink lace. The fish was surprisingly mild, served chopped in a round and needed the sauces and purées to perk it up. The other ingredients brought some texture to the dish. It was okay but not great, with everything being too mild.
White fish (Lieu) from the Mediterranean was served with cauliflower cream, leek prepared on the barbecue, tarragon mayo and grilled lettuce. The fish was a pollock and it was nicely cooked and well complimented by the heavy creamy savory sauce. It was good. The grilled lettuce was excellent, topped with tarragon mayo and nicely flavored. The leeks and onion were fairly hard to cut. It was a large heavy plate but really good.
Dessert was a genoise with almond meringue and blood orange. Inside the meringue was a chocolate sphere filled with a sorbet. The blood orange was more tart than sweet. For me it had to many components that didn’t mix that well. Too many flavors to call it anything more than okay.
Coffee was included with the wine pairing charge but it took a while to get. It came with a serious selection of sugars.