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“Pleasant evening out - make sure to sit inside”
Review of Au Chapeau Rouge

Au Chapeau Rouge
Ranked #5 of 65 Restaurants in Chinon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
“Pleasant evening out - make sure to sit inside”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had stayed in Chinon with people for a week, and offered to take them for supper. This was their choice, and well worthwhile. I recommend sitting inside, as the atmosphere is much better than the open square. Most of the other people there seemed to be locals, and our hosts were regular visitors. We all had the E29.50 menu, which to me seemed to lack flavor, but I was told that they do not add salt due to the health problems now associated with salt. The flavors were natural. Mine was the skate and ratatouille starter, the duck main course, goats cheese, and then an iced dessert. A mistake was made with the wine, and after having finished half a bottle we were presented with a fresh bottle free of charge. A note re the Chinon white wines--most of them are quite dry. Total bill for four people with wine, E158.30.

Raymond Anderson

  • Visited August 2014
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“OK, but there are better restaurants for a similar price.”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

On a week long stay in Chinon this was the second meal we had, after consulting TripAdvisor. We ate al fresco and the setting was nice, tables under trees in the centre of town, spoilt only by the constant circulation of local traffic and youngsters revving motor scooters around the square. Not the restaurant's fault, I know. However, service was quite slow and the initial 'greeting' staff seemed young and inexperienced. After about an hour we had only had the 'amuse bouche' and an aperitif, but still no meal. However, a more senior and very pleasant lady maitre-d came on the scene and service got into gear. I can't say we had a BAD meal, but it was just a bit lack-lustre and, to be honest, a bit lacking in flavour. And not particularly cheap. You might enjoy a meal here, dear reader, but we had at least two considerably better meals later in the week.

  • Visited July 2014
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west yorkshire
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130 reviews
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“Excellent family restaurant”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

We had a lovely meal here. The food and service were excellent. Good atmosphere and a nice place for a special meal.

  • Visited June 2014
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wiltshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“nice but a bit inconsistent for the price.”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

the menu is good, if pricey. I had the local speciality Ris de Veau and kidneys. I felt the kidneys were overdone - rubbery, most unusual for France. All other parts of the meal excellent see pic of cheeseboard. We tried to book for the night before but they said they were full. However, when we looked after having a drink next door loads of tables, particularly inside, were empty and this attitude to booking and availability is reflected in many of the reviews here - also as mentioned the manageress and the waitress seemed to be at loggerheads all night. When we asked about eating inside, which was empty, they just looked aghast - OK it was a nice evening but at these prices I expect a decent table and chairs - not a rickety outdoor table in the town square , shared with loads of others in close proximity not to mention the pigeons and cars......

  • Visited July 2014
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“A great choice in Chinon”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We came here for dinner on a Thursday night in Chinon and had a spectacular meal. This is a family run restaurant that turns out excellent versions of traditional French food using mostly locally sourced ingredients from the Loire. We tried two of the menus (the 29 euro Decouverte du Cocher and the 43 euro Menu Saveurs) and found both to be a great value with consistently well executed food. The lamb dish ("Découverte des saveurs autours de l'Agneau Touraine-Anjou) was a particular standout - a trio of lamb brochette with rosemary, roasted lamb loin, and a decadent terrine made from lamb neck and shoulder. Nice selection of local wines (very reasonably priced) and a worthwhile cheese tray. Service was friendly and attentive. We ate very well during our two weeks in France but this meal was a particular standout. We booked our table only a few hours in advance, but early booking is probably useful on the weekends.

  • Visited June 2014
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