Monday, July 28, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Time out: Allez for escargot

KMK_0175 ec

CHRISTIAN MASSE, chef and owner of Allez! in Diamond Springs cooks up lunch at the new location, 4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

By
From page B4 | June 14, 2013 |

Restaurant: Allez!

Address: 4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs

Phone: 530-621-1160

Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Oh, my gosh, you’re going to Allez? They have the best snails.”

This was the reaction from a co-worker when she found out that I and another co-worker were going to have lunch at the newly relocated gourmet French to-go restaurant called Allez.

The snails she is referring to are identified on the Allez menu as escargot a la Bourguignonne, roughly translated as the Burgundy snail. And while I have Google Translator up, Allez means “go.” Makes sense, as Allez! Good Food on the Go was originally established in the town of El Dorado and garnered a ton of praise and repeat business from the locals.

Owner/Chef Christian Masse, (with the help of Michael Masters), served gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups and specialty dishes that quickly became the stuff of legend.

The demand soon became too great and Masse made the tough decision to move to a larger location where the needs of his rapidly growing customer base could be met.

A friend of mine works in El Dorado and tells me that many of the employees liked walking to Allez and even though they cannot walk there anymore, have remained commuting regulars. That’s loyalty.

The menu is delightfully sparse, a great sign, and contains quite a few items that are unique to El Dorado County (if anyone knows differently, let me know), such as chicken picatta (scaloppini of chicken breast, sautéed with lemon butter and capers over pasta), house made sausage, and a Niçoise that I have heard is to die for, and described on the menu as “Albacore tuna, green beans, tapenade, hard-boiled egg, red onion, garlic herb dressing, tomatoes and lettuce, in addition to Niçoise olives.”

OK, so I had to try the snails — oops, pardon et moi — the escargot a la Bourguignonne. The last time I partook of the delectable little mollusk was at least 20 years ago, so I had to admit I was looking forward to this.

They were served on a hot plate, each of the six little beauties bathing in a steaming hot basil garlic butter bath, surrounded by fresh slices off a French baguette.

Oh, man, if you’ve never tried escargot I would highly suggest you do it at Allez! Amazing.

For my main course I ordered and quite enjoyed my crab cake sandwich, which came served on a (what else?) baguette with a conservative amount of dressing, a tomato and crisp lettuce. The cake itself was loaded with crab, as it should be, and the outside crust as fried to perfection. Not greasy in the least and flavorful to the max.

My lunch associate was one of those regulars I mentioned and ordered the Niçoise salad (you can get it on a baguette as well, if you’d prefer) this time around. As with everything else she has had at Allez she told me that it was “par for the course amazing.”

We ended our lunch by enjoying two homemade tarts. I got the lemon and she the mixed berry custard. It was a sweet ending to a wonderful lunch.

Allez also has a good selection of French and California wines to choose from, many of which are from good old El Dorado County.

Allez is now located at 4242 Fowler Lane, Suite 101, in Diamond Springs and the phone number is 530-621-1160. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

As they say in France, “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” (“let the good times roll!”).

Comments

comments

Earle Camembert

.

News

 
County’s chief lawyer: No Brown Act violation

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

General Plan workshop today

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

 
Two growth control initiatives get green light

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire burns more than 4,000 acres

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Fatal accident in Camino

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Agricultural Crop and Livestock Report released

By Ross Branch | From Page: A3

 
35 people displaced in Tahoe hotel fire

By Tahoe Tribune | From Page: A3 | Gallery

.

Opinion

The balancing act: Toxic waste spreads

By Larry Weitzman | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Bee-ing silly

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
.

Letters

Want more water?

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Refugee crisis

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Letter to Speaker of the House

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
GDPUD misinformation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

At the crossroads

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Under the Scoreboard: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Schedule: July 28 – Aug. 2, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Roundup: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
Camp experience is ‘priceless’

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Speedway races cancelled

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

 
El Dorado doubles up on Pro Players

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Local spiker shines

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

 
Sports Scene: July 26, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A7

.

Prospecting

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

By Cathy Barsotti | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Foothill gourmet: Things get corny

By Donna Brown | From Page: B2

Bipolar Insights: From point A to point B

By Marcia Rose | From Page: B2

 
Cool time at Cowboys and Cornbread

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
As we were: Recreation district grows

By Ken Deibert | From Page: B4

Cantare names new director

By Cantare Chorale | From Page: B10

 
After 5 Club to meet

By Senior Day | From Page: B10

.

Essentials

DUI Log: June 25-July 9

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
Crime Log: July 14-16

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

Divorces

By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

 
.

Obituaries

.

Real Estate

.

Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A8

American Profile Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Horoscope, Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Horoscope, Monday, July 28, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A8

Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A8

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A8