We chose a table with a hotplate - I guess we knew melted cheese was inevitable and were whisked away to alpine France. Cosy and homely we could have been in a warm chalet after a hard day on the piste!
La Poule - Baked chicken roulade with Tasmanian Emmental and grilled capsicum, topped with a dijon mustard sauce. Served with toasted sourdough and fresh green salad
Shifty Chèvre Salad - Goat’s cheese cream, roasted beetroot, sweet potato and pumpkin, with rocket, spinach and pumpkin seeds
Raclette Plate - Melt raclette cheese on the table’s hotplate and pour over potatoes, cornichons, prosciutto and French salami
I wasn't sure about the chicken when it was printed on the menu as I'm not a huge mustard fan. When it arrived it looked like a dish from the 80s with it's parsley garnish. And it was delicious. The mustard sauce was smooth and savoury with none of the kick that I don't like about mustard. The chicken was not overcooked and the cheese added an oozy richness but wasn't too much.
When we chatted to our friendly French waitress who I think is either the owner or manager, she told us that she wasn't able to get her hands on French Raclette and we were enjoying Tasmanian. I'm no cheese connoisseur, nor am I French so no snobbery just wholehearted enjoyment of melted cheese over potato and salami and the warmth of the hot grill.
The goat's cheese salad was the only disappointment not in terms of flavour as that was good but texturally it was a bit heavy and soggy with a thick emulsion of a dressing.
Feeling all warmed up with satisfied tummies and fortified by red wine and beer well on the road to relaxation and welcoming the weekend, we headed back into the cold dark night. The Shifty Chevre certainly eased us into the weekend gently and warmly. Good work mon ami!