Had we just stumbled upon the place, I would have been happier. But this was named top restaurant in Chablis here, by our favourite guidebook, and by the manager of the cave where we'd just bought wine. In addition, I'd had an amazing meal at the Michelin-starred Hostellerie de Clos, of which this is the cheaper little sister, a few years ago. The result: I was expecting a really memorable meal.
The reality: A perfectly tasty but completely average meal. Good yet unexceptional, and less impressive than the lunches we had the days before and after.
I started with a salad dotted with balls of fried goat's cheese; the highlight of the meal. My husband's ham hock terrine with parsley sauce and roasted carrot was also delicious. Sadly, the mains weren't as good. My beef bourguignon was tough with strangely thin sauce. I've made far better at home myself following Raymond Blanc's recipe. The roast cod across the table, served with a timbale of plain rice and some mixed veg, was the kind of thing you'd expect from someone just learning to cook. No distinct flavours, nothing memorable. In fact, both dishes were badly under-seasoned and we had to liberally apply salt, something I almost never do in restaurants. I rarely pass up pudding, but the menu was so uninspiring, and the food that had come before so basic, I wasn't tempted to waste the calories.
The best bit was a charming staff. Efficient, jolly and spot-on with by-the-glass wine recommendations. I know, from being here before, that Chablis is not blessed with good restaurants. Yes, this is probably the best. But if I had the day to do over, we would have picked up some food at the Auchon in Tonnerre and had a picnic looking over the vineyards.
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