Thank Friday it’s Lunchtime – Buffet de la Gare, Manosque
So far, we’ve found excellent food at Chez Eric in Montfuron and excellent value at the Café de France in Céreste. Now we just have to find a place that combines the two…
On the recommendation of a friend, our next destination was the Buffet de la Gare in Manosque.
It’s located literally straight across the road from the Gare de Manosque – Gréoux-les-bains, which is also a stop for many regional and inter-regional buses.
We sat under the awning at the front of the building, and there was a steady stream of heavy vehicles the whole time we were there. So, not an idyllic or picturesque Provençal location, no.
However, they offer a lunch menu for €14… for starter, main course, cheese, dessert and coffee… 5 COURSES!
Oh yes, and there’s a half bottle of wine per person thrown in as well!
Let’s just go over that again… starter, main course, cheese, dessert, coffee and wine – for €14! Well, you can’t go wrong, can you? We both ordered the “menu,” sat back and waited to be fed.
NB in France, if you ask for the Menu, you will be given the “Meal of the Day.” If you want the menu, ask for the Carte.
The starter was Tomato á la Russe, which turned out to be half a beef tomato, covered with peas and haricots in mayonnaise (this is the “á la Russe” bit), sitting on a bed of lettuce and grated carrot, served with a sliced up baguette. Ok, they were prepared some time beforehand and I’m guessing that the “á la Russe” bit came out of a tin and, but it was perfectly edible.
So that’s two courses down, now let’s see what the cheese course is…
Oh. Well. Ok, it was cheese – a foil wrapped triangle of brie. The bread was still on the table, and it came in handy once again as a vehicle for the cheese.
Again, nothing special, and we’re not going to be extolling the virtues of the cheeseboard at the Buffet de la Gare, but there was nothing wrong with it, either.
Next up was Dessert! I ordered panacotta with fruit and the LSH ordered apple pie. There was also an ice-cream option.
Well, the panacotta was clearly out of a packet and didn’t have the best eye appeal, but, actually, it tasted pretty good. The apple pie looked a bit more attractive and also tasted pretty good.
We finished up with two coffees (no confusion about double espressos here) and left, full and happy, just fifty minutes after we sat down.
Is this the definition of French Fast Food?
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