I wasn't sure what to expect of La Brochetterie. On a previous visit to Pau I'd avoided this place, plutting it in my "too touristy to be worth it" section. It's close to the chateau and looks and feels rather like a tourist trap. The fact that it seems to appear on all the tourist literature as "the" place to go was also a bad sign.
But there I was on a Sunday evening with just about everything in Pau closed and I wanted dinner, so in I went. There is an advantage to a place that caters to tourists - they are open!
So in fact I was pleasantly surprised, although as a single diner I was immediately offered a table tucked away in an awkward spot, which I refused, not unreasonably I thought, since the place was almost empty when I got there. The table I ended up with was marginally better, but I did have a good view of the rest of the place, watching it slowly fill up as the evening progressed.
This is a "traditional" cuisine, with an emphasis on meat (as one might expect from the name).
My dishes - very traditional with a focus on duck (no surprise there, given I was in Pau!) - were all perfectly adequate without being in any way particularly memorable. The house wine was perfectly drinkable and was equally forgettable.
I wouldn't go out of my way to come here again, but it's worth noting that it seems to be always open and it's a good fallback.
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