We were in retrospect very very lucky to have got a table at this restaurant where the chef is inventive and produced some very high class dishes. My husband had not looked at his watch properly so we arrived outside Alchimiste an hour before they opened, confused that they had not and luckily saw the owner who came out and told us the correct time. Doh! Still she said we could have a table for two in an hour's time so we went away and had a drink. As other reporters have said, we watched several other hopeful diners being turned away because others had booked. We noticed there were more tables outside than in so perhaps it is easier to get a table when the outside seating is used in summer but for the rest of the year booking is imperative because the standard of the food here has become well known. We were told later by a local that it is not that easy to book a table even if you do try to telephone ahead of time. Sometimes the phone just rings and rings we were told. Surely though there must be an answerphone?
Really the food that inauspicious, grey September evening was sublime. There were starters of succulent mushrooms on a puff pastry base and a wonderful black pudding mousse with a beetroot base a good choice of mains including fish and rabbit. We asked for advice about wines, saying what we like in a wine but that we didn't really know much about the best local wines. We were pointed to the least expensive wine on the least because Madame said it would go best with both our main courses. Well for a menu at just twenty Euros for a three course meal no wonder it's hard to get a table.
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