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L'Eveil in Metz, France

Sadly, I haven’t been eating out for a while. It’s a pity though because I love eating out! But I haven’t had time, work was in the way, or a question of budget too! Anyways, I was having a quick drink with friends after work the other evening when I walked by the restaurant, L’Eveil in Metz, France. I was in a hurry to go home to be with Baby Girl, but I couldn’t help but think about the time we had dinner there.

It was 2 years ago if my memory serves right. This was the first time we were looking for an apartment in Metz. We were living in the countryside, about 50 kilometers away, and it was beginning to be tiring.

I had heard of L’Eveil for quite some time. I think through internet or something. I was curious because I had heard that it was a French-Asian Fusion restaurant. We were in the city visiting several apartments when I decided to finally try this restaurant.

The restaurant is managed by a couple. The woman is in charge of the kitchen and is Cambodian and her husband is French and handles the customers. A French-Asian combo – the story of my life!

Special Advice: before anything else – never forget to reserve a table. This restaurant has lots of regular customers and is quite popular.

On our way to the restaurant, I got a call from the owner telling me that he had a bit of a problem. His chef wife was in the emergency hospital with their daughter. My first thought was « I hope everything is alright but oh no, no L’Eveil tonight ». But no no, rest assured, he just asked if it was possible to come a little bit later. We went ahead to find a parking space (we luckily found a spot beside the Cathedral) and took our time to go to the restaurant.

When we arrived at the restaurant, the chef wasn’t in yet and so the owner, Jeff, offered us a complimentary glass of white wine (from Gascogne?) for our aperitif. It was sweet and smooth, perfect for this cool summer evening.

I originally wanted to try their Asian Fondue / Hotpot, but unfortunately it was too late when I called to reserve. It’s safe to call about 3 days in advance – to reserve the table and the fondue. I was disappointed, but thankfully their menu offers a number of wonderful dishes.

Duo Saumon et Haddock ( 11 Euros) – green salad, smoked salmon, and haddock

The haddock was replaced with small shrimps and fish roe. This was alright.

Fleur de Bananier en Salade / Banana Blossom Salad (8 Euros) – banana blossoms, soya, chicken and basil

Obviously influenced by the chef’s origins, this reminded us of the Vietnamese Banana Blossom Salad we’ve had in the past.

Baby Girl had the Children’s Menu which consisted of Fish and Spinach Nuggets and a Potato Galette and a scoop of ice cream for dessert (8 Euros).

She happily ate almost everything (salad excluded) from her plate without even giving us a glance. This doesn’t happen often so it was good evening.

Trilogie de la Mer / Sea Trilogy (24 Euros) -filets de rouget au gingembre / ginger red mullet filet -coquille St. Jacques au safran / saffron scallops -gambas a la plancha / prawns a la plancha

+ with grilled eggplant, vegetable gratin, and rocket salad

My main dish was very delicious. The red mullet fish had lots of tiny fish bones, but overall everything was quite tasty and flavorful. Although the vegetable gratin was very good and just melted in the mouth, I was a bit surprised it was served with fish. I personally would have preferred a cup of rice, but you will hear no complaints from me here.

ABC (24 Euros) -cote d’agneau, miel et citron / lamb chops with honey and lemon -filet de boeuf, champignon du jour / beef filet with mushrooms of the day -magret de canard au tamarin / duck filet with tamarind sauce

+ with grilled zucchini, vegetable gratin, and green salad

The Husband was very satisfied by his plate, making me almost jealous and want to switch. The combination of honey, lemon, and the lamb chop is terrific, but the duck with tamarind is simply exceptional! The only downside of this plate might be the beef filet which was a bit too chewy for us and didn’t quite shine as the other two dishes.

Naomi Crumble (6.20 Euros) – rhubarb crumble and vanilla ice cream

After the main dish, I was too full to eat anything else, but the Husband still had space for a nice crumble to end his meal.

L’Eveil has its up and down points, but there were definitely more positive points. And we are definitely coming back for that Asian Fondue someday, hopefully sooner than later. The food was delicious, a bit expensive (we paid 81.20 Euros for 2 adults and 1 child) though, but beyond that, the friendliness and warm welcome by the owner was truly one of the highlights of our evening. There is no doubt in my mind that is why regular customers keep coming back.

xoxo Elodie

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