Like so many other places I've been, I chose Le Chateau based on the TripAdvisor reviews. My wife and I arrived at 5:30 PM (30 minutes earlier than our reservation) on Tuesday night and were the first guests. From the outside this is a lovely, well maintained old building. Once we pulled open the heavy wooden door, the adventure began.
We were greeted by Tabitha, a friendly server who was busy lighting table candles but cheerfully stopped to show us around the many beautifully restored dining rooms. We were seated in the Peacock room (named for the wallpaper pattern). The room had an impressive black marble fireplace, ornate crown molding, a crystal chandelier and a decorative painted ceiling, There were about half a dozen tables of various sizes. The tables and chairs were new but of period style and very comfortable.
We started the evening with a glass of champagne and placed our orders. For appetizers we shared the escargot and the gazpacho. Both were very good but I especially liked the slightly spicy flavor of the soup. It was clear to me the chef is not afraid to season his food. I had the beef tenderloin served over a crispy potato cake and topped with seared foie gras and asparagus and my wife had a seared opah. The fish was (in my opinion) a bit over cooked. Although the flavor was very nice, it was somewhat dry. The filet, on the other hand was absolutely perfect and the accompaniments were out of this world! We split a side of ratatouille and it was delicious too. For dessert we had a pair of blue cheeses with green tomato preserves and a chilled orange souffle. Both were delicious.
Eva the owner worked right alongside Tabitha to serve the five tables of guests and she was a delight. She is also very knowledgeable about the many reasonably priced French wines on the list. She helped us choose a wonderful Pinot Noir which paired nicely with both the fish and steak (no easy task).
If there were one fault fault, I'd say it was a slight lack of polish in the service (not including Eva) although I expected as much when Tabitha explained she was new. Honestly, I think she still did an admirable job of taking care of us on our first, but certainly not our last, trip to Le Chateau.
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