I am really looking forward to it. For one thing I have been trying to get to meet with Martine on one of her visits to the Loire for quite some time and so far we have always missed each other.
For another thing, we love eating out !! We have eaten at this restaurant only once before and it was very good and a sensible price. We have several friends who eat there so often that it is almost their local but until last summer we somehow never got around to it.
There is a nice little area for eating outdoors but on the day we visited last summer it was so hot that we decided to stay indoors, hoping it might be cooler, which it was.
The interior is cool and stylish, with lovely oak beams.
Nick and I both opted for the full three courses. I had a country terrine for starters, monkfish for main course and a chocolate dessert – fondant au chocolat – one of my favourites.
The meal was memorable, not only for the quality of the food but also for the fact that it was our last lunch out at the end of two weeks of heavenly weather and tranquillity last summer, a treat before we got back to reality and the helter-skelter lives we seem to lead at home.
Martine has enquired if our dog Lulu will be coming with us. Most restaurants in France accept dogs and we often see them, lying quietly under the table at their owners’ feet, occasional little titbits being passed under the table. Frequently we will have no idea a dog is there until its owners get up to leave after their meal. That’s how well behaved they usually are.
We only tried it once with Lulu. She was, I admit, very young, less than one year old in fact. We arrived early at our chosen restaurant – chosen because it seemed to be completely empty. Two ladies then became seated at the table opposite and decided to make friends with Lulu. They started offering her little titbits from their plate and all went well for a while. The trouble started when they decided enough was enough and they wanted to keep it all for themselves. Standard poodles are unfortunately tall enough for their noses to be at table height when they are sitting and they are too large to fit under the table !!
We think we might have another little practice before we take the plunge and take her to lunch with us again !!