I had been wanting to try out this restaurant for a while and found the excuse to eat there with friends but I wont be going back again. O.K. the place is lovely, a graceful old house, well heated (it was ccccold outside) and a sophisticated feel to it. The Chef bounded in and greeted us as if we were old friends and proceeded to explain the menu to us. He was rather too enthusiastic for the reality. It all sounded so good that the menfolk plumped for the 52 euro 5 course meal whilst us girls were tempted by the lamb shanks on the 39 euro choice. With full anticipation on the barometer, we tucked into the starters which in fact were much simpler than Chef's description had us hoping for. And some strange things, like strawberries with foie gras and salmon or cold lettuce under a warm poached egg- didn't really go very well,. The "fantastic" gambas were another disappointment, we have had them cooked like this elsewhere which were considerably fresher and tastier! The lamb shanks came up next, but not a whole chunky delight to tuck into but bits of the meat shredded off and coated in a (very good) sauce and presented on vegetables. Although the taste was very good unfortunately the lamb also had a great deal of fat or skin left on the meat that we had to pick our way around..... Being greedy girls we had asked for the 'assiette' of desserts, again this could have been so much better, it was bulked out to look good by too much sorbet/icecream and got boring very quickly. We didn't bother to finish them, not worth the calories.
Judged against our local restaurants L'Ancienne Gare and La Bruceliere in Issigeac the meal cost us 50% more per head and was not nearly as good as either of them.
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