Our meal didn’t get off to the best start given our reservation made the day before had been lost, not a problem as there were few bookings (and plenty of walk-ins). Next we were given English menus and had to ask for French ones. We ordered the Au Gré du Marché (market menu) three courses for €45. The first course was asparagus beignets with a mint and cucumber dipping sauce, a great idea only let down by not quite perfect deep frying. The portion of three modest spears could nearly have made it a second taster dish following the pea purée with cream. Quickly after that was a very modest boned hake cutlet on top of cherry tomatoes and puff pastry – a well executed and fresh tasting dish. We rejected cheese so out came the dessert of tasty strawberries on a crumb biscuit with whipped vanilla ice cream.
While the dishes were well done they were no more than that. Value for money left a lot to be desired given the ingredients and portion sizes, no idea why Michelin award it a red Bib Gourmand for offering good value. Service was a bit soulless and too fast for us – we were asked about coffee within an hour of sitting down. On a more positive note the wine pricing was reasonable and the short list was strongest on local (Loire) offerings.
NB. This restaurant is called Eugène
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