One of our favourite haunts is the Cafe des Arts in Chinon. One of many small eating establishments intimately sited around a shady square in the town centre. Admittedly the cerise coloured plastic chairs do little to enhance the exterior decor,but think good wine, good food and ambience and the grating colour gently subsides into the background.
Being ever a creature of habit , I tend to follow a tried and tested pattern of eating the same thing – it’s that good, that I just can’t help myself.
I started with one of their huge salads, which was a mixture of the usual suspects (letttuce, tomato etc) along with Jambon de Bayonne, Emmental, saute potatoes and a fried egg, drenched liberally with a tart vinaigrette.
To follow, I had a piece of lamb grilled with herbes de provence and pommes de terre dauphinoise – these were meltingly tender and subtly flavoured with nutmeg and a hint of garlic.
No words to express my delight at this.
Dessert was an indulgent ice cream and to round off I had a coffee and cognac. We drank a bottle of Saumur Champigny.
Simple, well cooked, good service. No more to be said. Have a look at the pictures.