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Flunch for Lunch?
Let’s not be snobbish about this. If you travel in
you might need a quick meal that isn’t too pricey. It’s quite OK to use
the supermarket cafeterias, you don’t have to tell your friends!
Most big shopping centres in France will have a
some sort but the one to seek out for best value for money (and of
particular interest to parents of adolescent boys with hollow legs) is
this writer will tell
you why. You
see, it all has to do with the payment structure. Now this isn’t
difficult so stick with me.
You enter a Flunch and collect a tray and cutlery. Next
have a salad buffet, an hors d’oeuvre cabinet, a cheese selection, a
dessert buffet. There will be a couple of desserts marked as dessert of
and that indicates that they form part of a set menu.
After you have made your selection of starters and pud
you might be interested in a drink. There will be a drinks dispensing
station with soft drinks and beer, and another area for wine. The wine
often be found in small barrels with carafes just next to them. Mostly
it’s rose or
red but there will be half bottles of white and better-quality red just
that section. The red from the barrel has always been drinkable so
you’re an expert stick with that.
OK, you’re set to make your way to the till. “But wait”
you cry, “I haven’t got me dinner”. Silly reader! All the hot food is
on the other side of the till and that’s the reason that Flunch is such
value. You are looking for the main dish menu and that’s above the head
cashier. There will be a selection of about 15 different items amongst
which will be the Today’s Special. Each day has a good value dish as a
special and that could be moules et frites or couscous. Main dishes
range from 7€
Give your order to the nice lady (don’t forget to ask
token for the coffee machine) and she will give you a slip of paper
that you are going to present to the chef at one of the hot food
you are picky about how hot you want your “hot” meal then you will find
and enjoy your egg salad before collecting the freshly cooked and still
Think about it.....The hot dishes and veg are in the
the restaurant and that means you get to have as many side dishes as
Chips sufficient to sink a boat, carrots enough to cure any eye
in quantities to fill any Provencal heart with pride, Brussels sprouts
to....no, perhaps not.
Now, I am a woman of a certain age (I am certain and
wondering) and my tastes are modest but I do like those garlicky green
and the mash and the pepper sauce. You can, if you want, just have the
selection and for vegetarians in France, that’s a Godsend.
Don’t run away with the idea that just because it’s
the food here will be fantastic. Most of the time it’s just good
food, but from time to time you are confronted with meals that are, at
best edible, and at the worst nasty. I have encountered a lasagne the
which I hope never to see again and the husband had a piece of beef
that was so
very underdone (even by bloody French standards) that a good vet could
the poor cow back on its feet within a week!
Flunch is a great place for a (probably) decent meal at
reasonable price...and, hey, the French think it’s OK!