on October 11, 2005
We came across this little restaurant while we were walking around the old town and decided that we would come back to eat there the following evening, as it looked better than most of the other restaurants we had seen, which all seemed to be very alike, large and impersonal and offering the same mix of pizza, pasta, and steak. In contrast, this restaurant was small and intimate-looking, with twinkling lights around the doorway and a menu of dishes more typical of the region. We hadn't booked and it was very busy, with only one table outside free, but the friendly American waitress told us that if we were willing to come back in 30 minutes, we could have a table inside, so we went to the bar next door for one drink while we waited. When we came back, our table wasn't quite ready, so we were taken to the small bar at the back of room and given a plate of spring rolls to eat while we browsed the menu.
The menu offered around six choices for each course, with duck being a particular favourite ingredient. To start, I had the Charlotte of Goats Cheese with red pepper and dried tomatoes - it was delicious, especially accompanied by the fresh bread on our table. My partner went with the onion soup, which he is a bit of an expert on, and this one was scored highly with him. For a main, I had the beef with pepper sauce and he had the lamb shank with rosemary and garlic. Both were highly quality cuts and accompanied by a baked potato with sour cream and seasonal vegetables. Unfortunately, we were too full to try any desserts, but other people's looked good.
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