Sunday, October 9

chez toto, 13 rue auguste brun, latin quartier, noumea

lunch at chez toto was one of those special little lunches that will always be a sweet memory for me...we were on a day stop-over recently in noumea & the french influence was something we wanted more of...especially in the food & wine department!

a local noumea paper was given to us on arrival & after reading through we learnt that in the latin quarter, just 10 minutes walk away, was a little bistro serving authentic french food. 

we arrived just on lunch time and very soon the tiny bistro was completely full with locals ordering, slurping, chatting & eating.  with the menu in french & our waitress not speaking any english we went on gut instinct.  a beaujolais was poured & a basket full of french stick was crunched on.  the assorted meat plate was fabulous consisting of cornichons, duck rillette, salami, terrine, butter & jambon de bayonne (proscuitto).  we also ordered a grilled chevre salad...delicious!  our mains were probably something i would not order again however tasty but big & rich...steak w buttered onions & chips + i had some sort of fish mousse with melted cheese...elastic pants time!

our dining neighbours were an older couple sailing their yacht from nz to bundaberg & had stopped at noumea for a month...chez toto was their favourite restaurant.  they were eating escargot with garlic & parsley butter...they loved them.

noumea itself is a great location to visit & we could have happily spent several days exploring...no doubt returning several times to chez toto for a little bit more of the french life.

13 comments:

Fatbooo said...

Beautiful pictures. I'm glad I've found your blog. :)

Sophie said...

Looks like a great lunch! The ingredients looks so fresh and light. Love French food.

Anonymous said...

Yum looks wonderful, Sarah

ChopinandMysaucepan said...

It's not that far away and shame that we have never been. That plate of cold cuts and I can have 2 or 3 plates of those escargots in herb butter and mop up all that sauce with some fresh bread too! Thanks for sharing!

gbf said...

Thanks Sophie...it was a really memorable lunch. Delicious. Dayle

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