I’ve had snails before. There’s this amazing snail curry that I had in Thailand once. The little boogers were still in their shells and I had to dig them out. So good! My mom doesn’t know how to make it. Boo!
I have always wanted to try escargots, but I haven’t had the opportunity until recently. A couple of weeks ago we took Allan to lunch at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill and although most of us had gone for their famous smoked pork chops, I was completely distracted by one item on their appetizer menu. You guessed it.
This picture kind of reminds me of French onion soup. Doesn’t it? This dish was loaded with garlic and butter. The little puff pastries were a nice touch. It was a great contrast to the richness of the sauce that the snails were cooked in.
Here is a deconstructed look at this dish. I placed the escargot on top of the pastry so you can get an idea of how big the snail meat (that sounds weird) is. Looks kind of scary, doesn’t it?
It was not as chewy as you think it would be. It has a chew for sure, but it was like a well cooked calamari. You cook it too long it’s tough and chewy. You cook it just right and its soft.
Allan did not enjoy it.
The sauce was overpowering to me. Lots of garlic and saltier than I would have preferred. It was good, but I couldn’t really taste the snail at all. However, maybe that’s the point. Is it so yucky that you need to mask the taste? Surely not.
I’ve heard that snails taste like mushrooms. I love mushrooms so I’m sure I would like the taste of naked snails. 😉
I would definitely order escargots again. If I come across this dish on a menu I’m going to get it. Don’t be scared to try it if you haven’t had the pleasure. It’s delicious.