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My Last Meal: Tall order— Pezenas

Preface

Skyscraper climber Alain Robert, aka the ‘Real Spiderman’, would like to live a life of uncertainty right up until his dying breath, with a surprise menu at his local restaurant.

Krug champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon region, L’Entre Pots

"Every meal before I climb could be my last. The night before an ascent I go for some pasta with salt and pepper, maybe some cheese – something very simple. Carbohydrate is good before a climb. And maybe I might go for a glass of champagne. And then I just want to sleep, I sleep very soundly before a big day.

In the morning I have some black coffee and an orange juice. I don’t eat immediately before I climb. Then I’ll just have an energy drink. I’ll be totally focused. I take my passport (to give to the cops at the top), some chalk for my hands and…

Venue

L’Entre Pots attracts gastronomes to the sleepy town of Pézenas in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region. (When Monocle arrives the Mayor and half the Hotel de Ville are there.) Owners Lionel Albano and chef Paul Courtaux, serve modern French fare using local ingredients.
8 av Louis-Montagne F, 34120 Pézenas, + 33 4 67 90 00 00

Profile

Digoin-born Alain Robert is known as the “the human spider”. The audacious free-climber has scaled some of the world’s tallest buildings. Robert’s first urban climb was Citibank in Chicago in 1994 and he has since gone on to climb more than 100 skyscrapers and monuments, including the Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai, London’s Canary Wharf Tower, the Empire State Building in New York and the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Often climbing without permission from building owners or municipal authorities, he’s also a natural showman, garnering crowds as big as 100,000.

Menu

Aperitif: Samoussa de Pézenas; cooked foie gras stuffed with nuts; coffee and cassonade sugar; spicy meatballs; oyster en croute

Main course: Tartare of tuna with coriander and mango; sea bream with cabbage and local Pézenas mushrooms; grilled veal with aligot

Dessert: Strawberry and rhubarb sorbet, salad and macaroon

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