A pretty good though not great luncheon last Wednesday with a party of four. We arrived around 1 PM and were immediately seated by the pleasant host. The waiter / owner took our order soon thereafter, and we began with a refreshing rosé for the table. It was a good complement to the chilled cucumber mint gazpacho I ordered as appetizer, and decent accompaniment to my main dish, truite meunière.
Like the entire luncheon experience, my soup was pretty good, though not great. It felt a bit too cold for its own good, so I have to assume it was made well in advance and conserved in the fridge for an extended period. Given my own experience preparing traditional gazpacho, I was amused by the “French” variation concentrating on just one vegetable, but it didn’t completely wow me. Similarly, the trout was initially impressive, but after a few bites, the oil/butter overpowered my palette, and the omnipresent potato balls couldn’t save it, although the green beans al dente were quite good until the end.
My Greek Canadian colleague was far more disappointed and left half her fish. In contrast, she and another colleague both ordered and quickly consumed the crème brûlée for desert. I opted out because of my aversion to daytime sugar.
I was able to observe the presentation of the rack of lamb that another one of my colleagues ordered. There were two chops delivered, not three, and while they might have tasted good, the plate looked dreadfully bare – no herbs, no sauce, no vegetables. Quel dommage!
In all, I enjoyed the meal somewhat, but whenever I eat French, I expect a bit more. Chez Nous delivered a bit less. An average experience warrants three stars on the Cherry Wonderdog scale.
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