My friend, Ann, and I had just finished another geezer movie (Leisure Seeker). Feeling a bit peckish after the emotional roil, we pondered where to eat. We settled on Café Provençal in Kirkwood. The animated bustle and menu are not too unlike what you’d find in a Parisian street cafe. There were only a few tables open when we arrived and none by the time we left.
Rather than get a full meal, we ordered from among the amusee bouchee. I went with onion soup and crab cakes. While Ann had a salad and escargot. The escargot comes in a cute bowl with six indentations for the petite snails that bathe gently in a garlic-butter and parsley mixture.
A Wine Treat
During our meal, owner Eddie Neill and wife, Linda, stopped to visit. Eddie had a bottle of French wine in hand, that he wanted us to try. As he poured the rose gold vino, he described it with the esteem one would accord an aged Stilton or a fine Burgundy. It was a 2017 Chateau Revelette, that he had discovered at a vineyard in Provence. (On line at about $18 a bottle). I found it quite smooth and pleasant and, Ann, whose wine palate is far more sophisticated than mine, said it was definitely a wine she would buy.
Later when I researched Ravelette further, I found it described as “a wine for the contemplative rosé drinker.” I’m uncertain if the rosé drinker is contemplative before partaking or, become such, after imbibing. No matter. It was most enjoyable additions to the evening.
Café Provençal, 427 S. Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, MO. Open: Mon-Sat: Lunch, 11a-1p; Dinner, 5p-11p.