Before moving to Europe, lunch was neither a meal I would look forward to nor a meal that could last a couple of hours. Maybe it is a Canadian thing but we don’t do long lunches. I can eat a sandwich and salad in under 30 minutes and continue on with my day. Not here. I am slowly learning that long lunches are celebrated around Europe. Long, leisurely lunches are certainly not a weekly occurrence in my life but a couple weekends ago, some friends and I decided to dress up, and venture out of the city for a special dining experience: Lunch at Chateau Mcely.
I had afternoon tea at Chateau Mcely once before and after such a positive experience, I was curious about their non-sugary fare. My guests and I each ordered a starter and a main (no, all the food you just looked at was not just for me!) and the consensus was that everyone enjoyed their meals. The service was a bit slow and overly formal, however we were at a “Chateau” so I guess formal service is expected. I ordered the carrot and sweet potato soup and fish that was sliced in half and “filled” with roasted root vegetables (see photo above)- both were fresh, flavourful and light.
Our meal + mini road trip was a really nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. If you haven’t done something like this before, I would highly recommend it. In some cases, long lunches beat long dinners.