Le Moulin de Ponceau has a great location right on the river in Chartres. A short walk from the Cathedral, which is wonderful – and a must see. Chartres is twinned with Chichester in West Sussex a place very dear to my heart.
My husband and I, were only staying for one night in the city – enroute to villa in Cahores. We arrived late afternoon, so we didn’t have time to reserve or book a table.
Although the restaurant was empty of guests at around 7 – 7.30 pm on a Friday evening, we decided to choose this restaurant for our evening meal.
It was an extremely warm evening, so we were offered a seat out on the terrace which was great.
The initial service was prompt and our drinks and the amuse bouche arrived without fuss. Unfortunately, there was no attempt by our waiter to describe the dish. The appetizer was presented in a shot glass and tasted very similar to a gazpacho with a creamy-cinnamon tasting topping. Very tasty indeed.
On choosing from the menu we then gave our choice to the young waiter and he seemed to write everything down clearly.
However, he obviously became really confused, because after about 10 minutes, he came back a couple of times to us, to confirm our order. We began to wonder if perhaps our "O" level French had not helped us on this occasion.
But there was no need to worry – we did eventually receive our food as ordered and it was cooked as requested.
We did have an issue with the "head" waitress however, she was very snappy throughout service to her underlings, and although we suspect our waiter and the very young waitress were still learning the ropes, it was very evident that she was demonstrating her own authority and wanted to make sure that the few guests on the terrace, were aware of her senior position.
For this reason, we must say that we were very pleased that she had not actually served us, she seemed quite impatient and her haughty manner left a lot to be desired. Not really conducive for guests trying to enjoy a relaxing meal.
We were also extremely thankful we had chosen to sit outside that evening, because her perfume was so cloyingly over-powering, that it lingered in the air as she paraded about.
As for the food, when our starters finally arrived they were delicious. We ordered the goats cheese tarte tatin, and the medley of fish. Our mains were equally yummy, the lamb loin and fillet of beef.
We decided to skip dessert as the selection was a little uninspiring and very limited. But, all in all - the food was very enjoyable.
But our advice to the head waitress – or perhaps on reflection, she could have been the proprietor? – when wearing perfume – less is more – especially when serving in a restaurant!!
Quid pro quo - we have given this restaurant an AVERAGE score.
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