L’escalier Restaurant Français, Okayama

Oddly enough, you won’t find any stairs at L’escalier, but you might end up eating a great meal. I stumbled upon this place a few years ago while cycling but just recently paid a visit to this modern French restaurant.

I visited L’escalier for lunch and their basic menu is priced at 2000 yen and they have a B menu at 3500 yen.    The 2000 yen menu does not include the dessert and there is a list of menu upgrade available.

We opted for the 2000 yen menu with dessert and upgraded our course to duck.

The interior is a mix of modern concrete and warmer wood.

The meal started with a butternut squash soup.

It was followed by Serrano ham on tomato. Serrano is not French, but it’s good!

I ordered the duck breast which was an extra 300 yen. Nice and rosy.  Served on a piece of eggplant and beans.

My wife ordered the confit which was an extra 400 yen.   The skin was crispy to perfection.

L’escalier has butter!   I’ve been offered margarine in many French restaurants in Japan. Butter is happiness.  The baguette was really nice too.

The chef at work. It’s a beautiful open kitchen.

View of the kitchen from the table.

The dessert was quite nice.  Mine was a gâteau au chocolat with vanilla-salt ice cream and coffee crumbles.

My wife ordered the crème brulée which had the perfect caramelized top.

We finished with tea and a small rasberrry guimauve.

The meal turned out to be a great experience.  The execution was perfect and everything tasted amazing.  L’escalier is not located in central Okayama, but is worth the detour if you want to celebrate something special. The dinner menu prices are ranging between 5000 and 16 000 yen.   But if you opt for the 12 000 or 16 000 yen menus, it’s possible to discuss the composition of the said menu with the chef while reserving.  I wonder if he could prepare some boudin noir ???