Today my wife Jan and I had our first chance to try the food at Daglan’s new café, having previously just had an afternoon coffee there, and here’s my report. You may recall that I wrote about the café on January 6, in “Lose a tea room, gain a café,” the day after it opened. Here’s some of what I wrote then:
The new place is called Café de la Fleur, and it’s the project of Charlotte and Robin Chantal, who have moved here from Denmark — in search of better weather, as Charlotte told me last night.
This is a wonderful development for our village, as the café is located in what was Le Bistroquet, an inn-café-bar that became increasingly run down under some pretty dubious management, and had been on sale for quite a while. It’s at the south end of the village, and across from Le Thé Vert, separated by only a few parking spaces, the road, and a court for playing boules.
That blog posting was notable for lacking any photos, as the few photos I had taken were somehow lost. So here’s a look at the bar and a few of the tables, from where Jan and I were sitting today:
And here’s another look, showing the basic menu du jour on a slate on the wall — an entrée, a plat principal, a coffee, and a glass of wine or beer or other drink, for 12 euros:
Our very pleasant (and wonderfully tri-lingual) Swedish waitress served us promptly, starting with a kir each:
Then it was on to the food. I ordered the daily special, which began with a large serving of chicken salad — slices of tender chicken breast, with mixed greens and sliced tomato. There were nice touches, such as a light dressing and pumpkin seeds sprinkled over the greens. The portion was so generous that I gave Jan a couple slices of the chicken to munch, while she waited for her main course. Here’s my plate:
My plat principal was a dish of roast pork slices — tender and moist, with a rich mushroom gravy — served with creamy mashed potatoes and some sliced raw vegetables. It was good and comforting, but a bit too much, even for me. (As our waitress pointed out, however, “too much” is better than “too little.” And a goodly number of their lunch customers will be workers, who are known for their healthy appetites.)
In the background of the photo below you can see a huge bowl of very good, crisp French fries that Jan ordered with her hamburger (she ordered off the à la carte menu, which includes several types of burger, and simple items like a croque monsieur). Here’s my pork dish:
So we came away feeling that we’d eaten well, and received good value. At 12 euros, the daily menu seems well priced to bring back the customers. Jan’s cheeseburger was 8 euros, the fries were 4 euros, and glasses of wine ranged from 3 euros to 5 euros.
So far, so good!