Yesterday was my birthday and Yves, a riverboat friend, had told me about a picturesque town about 35 kilometers from Sens called Moret Sur Loing. I wanted to go there 🙂
Gratuitous picture of flowers sent by our son from Aquarelle. Before we left for Moret, I searched the internet for a medium-high quality restaurant and found, among others, L’Auberge de la Terrasse located on the river Loing. The prices were quoted at 23-43 Euros per person. Good, I thought, we’ll have drinkable wine.
When we walked up to the front of the Auberge we noticed the cook staff unloading vegetables and condiments, obviously purchased from a supermarket, from the back of a car. Forewarned but oblivious, we entered the restaurant.
Even if it wasn’t my birthday, I would have ordered the coupe de Champagne as an apertif. I like coupe de Champagnes, but not this one. It was delivered to the table, lukewarm, clutched in the hand of somebody’s grandmother in a track suit. No bottle, no tray, no sophistication. M. Parret was appalled and I laughed out loud at the expression of disgust on his face 😀 Apparently Grandma was actually the female half of the owner couple. I have to admit that I was a little shocked; no matter how modest an establishment in France, the owners always seem to be well dressed and groomed. We decided to enjoy ourselves come what may, which seemed nearly impossible after we saw the wine list 🙁
Even our wine expert was stumped! The list was composed of the cheapest wines you could find in a Casino Express (think French 7/11). Choosing by color alone, we flipped a coin, chose the Macon-Village and got what we expected; a dry, French Thunderbird.
The food was cooked cafeteria style; overcooked, frozen vegetables and the rest over sauced, oily and bland; the only thing missing was the plate with partitions. There is no excuse for this! It’s summer and the farmer’s market, loaded with the season’s best, is near by!
I can’t say that the service was rude, just brutal in the way the plates were violently served and removed. What was that about?!
Anyway. It’s taken me days to post this. I just wanted to blank out the experience. We’re going back because it’s a pretty medieval town, lots to see and other places to eat.