Well, where to begin!
My father had written a letter in French to Madame ZouZou to try to reserve a table for my mum and myself during our visit however we struggled to make contact in any form. We decided to pop along and try to get a reservation- with only being able to seat 10 we werent sure this would be possible. We found the place easily and I went in and used the best of my french to try to make myself understood and eventually we were and were able to make a reservation. Whilst we were there we were given 2 glasses of chilled Sangria and a charcuterie platter and breads!
The following evening we returned at 7.20 and we were welcomed in. Again we began the meal with the charcuterie and Sangria. It is so funny to watch the way ZouZou and her husband Christian interact and it adds to the quirky atmosphere.
My mum chose Boeuf Bourginion and myself the Steak Hache - I asked for this without the egg and no salad. The portions were plentiful and the potatoes in particular were delicious. We were given more bread without asking and our wine was topped up for us regularly. Alongside the main meal we were given a selection of sauces and salad dressings too.
The next minute Madame ZouZou was shouting to Christian to get me the cheese platter because I didnt have any egg! I was brought a huge plate of cheese - there were about 8 different cheeses and a big bucket of walnuts. My mum was able to tuck in too.
Following this we ordered dessert- Ile flotant for mum and Gateaux Chocolat for myself- the plates were decorated so nicely with marzipan Eiffel Towers and Hearts and we were also given some small homemade cornflake crispy cakes (which we were offered more of later).
We were then given a shot of homemade liquer ... and another.... and we were offered Calvados too.
They are so friendly, she told us all about her family and showed us pictures and asked to see pictures of our town. We were given souvenirs to take away with us and some for our husbands.
She was constantly having to turn people away, so many people wanted a table and no matter if they spoke french or not she tried to make herself understood. She was serving Sangria and Orange juice to people out on the street who were unable to make reservations.
It felt like we were in her home- it was a fantastic experience, really french. We laughed so much. We had pictures taken with both Zouzou and her husband and we left as friends.
The meal came to 30 euros plus 15 for the wine! Bargain! Having arrived at 7.20 we left at 10.30 (grudgingly).
This really is a must! We will definately be back!
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