I therefore opened the last tin of ‘Confit de Canard’ that I bought last year at the ‘Cave des Vignerons’ in Amboise and used it to cook a ‘Parmentier de Canard’. This oven dish is dead easy to make.
2008: The terrace at 'les Remparts' in Amboise.
With the last tin of Confit gone, it’s time to stock up on some new ones. That shouldn’t be a problem as we’ll be visiting the Cave des Vignerons at the foot of the Château as soon as we get to Amboise on Sunday in two weeks time. In the meantime, I’m still trying to decide on a restaurant for our Sunday lunch.
My initial idea was to go to ‘les Remparts’ where we had a lovely meal in 2008. The restaurant used to have a sunlit terrace in the back, with lots of flowers and even a banana tree in one corner. However, according to the restaurant’s website, they covered it up to increase the overall capacity of the restaurant. Although it looks nice enough, it has lost its original charm. But the food is still excellent, if I’m to believe recent reviews. So that option remains open; depending on the weather conditions.
The second possibility is the ‘Val Joli’ in Vouvray. But that means that we’ll have to travel back and forth twice between Amboise and Vouvray if we want to visit the Château of Amboise in the afternoon.
And finally there is ‘L’Epicerie’, right across the street from the castle. Lunch on the terrace, watching the tourist crowds walk by, can be fun and the food is rather good too. Inside, however, the low-beamed rooms are rather small and dark. When full, the place is pretty noisy …
Sounds like the weather will be the decisive factor. Judging by today’s temperatures and grey skies, a table by a blazing log fire would be the best option!