... which was fine by me, because it was actually a steak tartare. A steak tartare, for me, is a real acid test of any restaurant. For a start, being a plate of raw meat, one does have to have a fair degree of confidence in the establishment's ability not to poison one, but more than that, so often what is presented is a raw hamburger, devoid of seasoning or flavour and completely unappetising.
This, on the other hand, was exactly right: chopped rather than minced (minced steak tartare is an unforgivable abomination) well moistened with egg yolk, well seasoned with capers, onion, pepper & salt and just a touch of chilli. It was served very simply with fried potatoes and a green salad and may well have been the best I have eaten in a restaurant.
My companion had duck breast served with grapes and a rosti potato cake. Someone had taken the trouble to peel the grapes and the duck was perfectly pink.
Desserts were also good - brioche pain perdu with salted caramel icecream; the cheese plate I had was well balanced and was most definitely not the usual supermarket fare but supplied by someone who knew what they were doing.
Overall, with three glasses of wine apiece (lushes!) and coffee, the bill came in at €60 - ore than fair for the quality of the meal, service and ambiance.
My score for La Petite Auberge is actually a 4.8. It would be five except for one tiny detail: why offer a rather unpleasant industrial bakery cookie complete with palm oil and fake choc chips with the coffee at the end of an otherwise perfect meal? Bizarre. Still, we'll go back.
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