Best bistro Guide 2009
No fewer than 200 “cadavers” haunt the dining room of Le Chat. Clients be warned: at Laurent Chareau’s restaurant (ex-Café des Délices in Paris and Mac Val in Vitry), they’re not kidding around with bottles of wine! Or with the food for that matter… The day we went for lunch, the €28 menu included a real feast for friends: a crispy brick stuffed with pork tongue and trotters, carrots, slivers of Comté cheese and fresh mushrooms; a nice veal charlotte with ground meat wrapped in a cabbage leaf, plus cumin, soft lentils and walnuts; before a chocolate pudding (which was a little too thick) with strawberries and crumbled gingerbread. And what about those drinks? Expect the crème de la crème of the Loire: Pouilly-Fumé from Treuillet (€4.40 a glass), Chinon from La Marinière (€4.60) and other bottles from Dagueneau, Cotat, Pinard, Crochet… Not to mention the natural Mauzac from Plageoles (€30 a bottle), the Mondeuse from Magnin (€31, a sweet deal!) and the rare Arbois whites from Puffeney. Set menus €20.50 to €28 (weekday lunch) and €23.50 to €47 (dinner and weekends). // G.D.