French food served in a gamelle

Gamelle: Lunch pail; mess tin; billy can

Although I picked up this red gamelle in an antique fair a few years ago I didn’t ever expect to actually eat from one. I mean, a million years ago, Laura Ingalls took her lunch to school in one, but I didn’t think you’d find them in use anywhere anymore. Apparently you put the soup in the bottom section and the bread and sundry items in the top.

Dining in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

On Friday last we dined in Restaurant Le Pilota in Pau. It’s situated in the sports’ complex, overlooking the pelote basque courts (although they were preparing for a badminton tournament at the time.) The setting is modern and chic but the food is traditional.

La Musette du Jour

I ordered the set menu (served weekday lunchtimes, it consists of a starter, a main, a dessert, a 1/4 bottle of wine and a coffee – all for 13 euro) and the waiter arrived with my lunch bag and hung it over the back of my chair.

Opening it up it revealed the lunch pail, the wine, a bread roll, a couple of slices of saussisson, a Paris-Brest in tinfoil.


The first tier contained the starter – a slice of quiche…

…the second revealed the main course – hake and king prawns in creamy sauce…

… and the third, cauliflower and cheese,  although I’d lost the run of myself at that stage and forgot to take any more photos. Sorry!

Worth swinging by – all was delicious.

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