I have often been critical of Pouilly-Fumé but this particular one hit the spot.
So what of Au Petit Vatel? Some and some has to be the verdict. We chose the 33.90€ menu that has been cut from 38.90 following the reduction in TVA for restaurant meals. My first two courses (mentioned above) were very good as were the homard parcels chosen by the the other two diners. However, the rognons de veau were not of the same standard and I have had considerably better elsewhere, although the mustard sauce was very flavoursome. I chose Camembert beignets as my cheese course. Unfortunately the dressing on the salad that accompanied the beignets was sharp and vinegary and needed more oil.
The variability of Au Petit Vatel really underlined the quality of the meals we ate at Jacky Dallais' La Promenade (Le Petit Pressigny) and William Pages' Le Lièvre Gourmand (Vailly-sur-Sauldre).
Our dessert of millefeuille of apple was cleverly conceived and delicious with dried slices of apple acting as the feuilles. Unfortunately the charlotte chosen by our friend was poor and tasteless.
With main course and the cheese we drank a bottle of 2005 Cahors, Clos la Coutale. Still young but with very typically robust Cahors fruit.
Au Petit Vatel
72 Place Commandant Desmeulles 61000 Alençon
Jean Pabiot et Fils
9, Rue de la Treille, Les Loges
Tel: 03 86 39 10 25
There is a good recent post on the 'Wishing I was in France' blog on the Auberge du Mail in Cormery. During the 1990s we used to go to this restaurant a lot and always had a good meal. For no good reason we stopped going, so this post was a reminder that we should go back again. Certainly fancy trying the Geline de Touraine (special local chicken) with the chèvre.
Auberge du Mail
2 Place du Mail