Friday, November 21, 2008


Wonderful lunch today with Ian, Sylvia, Clive and Fabienne at the Vatel in Nimes. This is the local cookery school, and thus you have to be prepared to take the rough with the smooth in terms of both service and food quality given that it is students who are doing the cooking and serving. In addition, it is often a challenge placing an order since French is the first language of neither the customer nor the waiter/waitress in many cases!

Lynne and I have eaten a few times at the Vatel and never been particularly impressed, to be honest, so we weren't looking forward to the meal, although the company was certainly worth the trip under any circumstances. And in the end we were more than pleasantly surprised. The cold buffet of entrees is always good, the poached salmon being consistently excellent, but this time the main courses were superb too. Definitely the best meal we have had there, and good enough that we will be going again!

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