Noyers is a fascinating village with lots of historical buildings. Les Millesimes is part of Maison Paillot, which includes a Boucherie. We stopped first at the Boucherie and obtained some wonderful canard, and of course some luxurious escargots (we had these the next day for dinner and were absolutely wonderful, but I digress).
We had seen the menu outside written in chalk and I was intrigued by the turbot with truffles at Les Millesimes. We were the first for lunch, shortly after 12:00; a roaring fire was going in the open fireplace giving the room a welcome warmth. Our waiter came over and suggested a local wine from Vézelayas an apéritif. As we perused the menu, I noticed my turbot was not on it. Our waiter was happy to oblige, sure, we can make that for you.
We ordered some wonderful dishes, including scallops in puff pastry with a lobster sauce and, of course, the turbot, done perfectly. Entrees included a seafood mousse and a potato epoisse tarte. (I do have to admit, I do not understand Bourgogne truffles, they seem to have little flavor)
Everything would have been wonderful except for two slipups, one our fault. The first was the wine; our waiter cautioned us not to drink too much wine as we would be driving. Hmm, this is a french restaurant, wine is so fundamental. Perhaps he was just being cautious, but certainly didn't feel the need to chide his other customers on ordering wine. So, just to be safe, I ordered a half bottle, but they were out. So I just ordered more of the same apéritif wine. He probably thought I was an idiot, but in reality, the character and acidity of the wine would be perfect for what we ordered. So, he just continued to pour out of the same bottle. As he refilled our glasses, he kept reminding us, "you're more than halfway through" etc. Geeze, this is weird.
Then we made made a terrible faux pas with the waiter in saying S'il tu plait, instead of S'il vous plait, or "if you please". Wes, I know this is extremely rude; the "tu" form is only for at home with those very familiar. Kind of like saying "Yo, dude" to someone's grandfather. To our waiter, if you're reading this, we apologize deeply, and did apologize deeply, but, alas, the damage was done. He barely interacted with us for the rest of the meal and it was certainly an effort for him to acknowledge us as we paid and left.
Ah, c'est la vie!! Life goes on! We explained this to our French teacher, and she said "Ohhh", and looked quite stern, but said the French should understand I'm trying, and not to feel bad.
The food is a good memory, but the waiter made us feel really uncomfortable and out of place.
This review written with added witticisms from the cow whisperer's wife; October 11, 2013.
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