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Mar 28, 2011 09:15 PM

Gorges du Tarn- Chateau de la Caze

Hi Chowhounds,
We are stopping there this summer for a short visit. Has anyone ever eaten there? There seem to be mixed reviews of the cuisine, although the castle is gorgeous.

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  1. The setting is impossibly gorgeous. The castle is atmospheric and old-school charming. The food isn't the greatest, but you shold go for the other reasons mentioned. If your schedule permits, take time to do some canoing on the Tarn.

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    1. re: bill1jan

      Thanks bill1jan for the suggestion, we are looking forward to staying there.

      1. re: bill1jan

        My sincere apologies for the delay, but I did want to report back on our meal at the castle.

        First, we sat out on the veranda and perused the menu. Each table seemed to have their own young intern taking care of them. Finally, we were asked for our apertif order, and eventually a somewhat sorry plate of olives, nuts, and a smoked fish on toast. We tasted. We lowered our expectations.

        After a while, we were invited into the dining room and shown to our table. It was a wonderful table. My DH ordered a nice bottle of wine, and the dinner began. I don't remember all the details, but the dinner was one of the best we had in a long time. It was as if there were two chefs in the kitchen, because the chef who sent out those apertifs could not have been the same person who prepared our dinner. First, an amuse bouche, a terrine of three provencal flavors striped like a flag. It sang of the flavors underneath. The starter was an incredible construction of a mushroom ravioli made with tender pasta, topped by a perfect scallop sandwiching a slice of black truffle, and surrounded by a mushroom cream. It was poetry. I don't remember the main course, except it was wonderful, and the desert was delicious and seasonal (dark cherries). But I did envy my daughter's dessert, which was a chocolate lovers dream. It looked and tasted beautiful. Since we were staying at the Chateau, they didn't bother us with the check until the next morning.

        I don't know why I read criticisms of the service. Once we were led to our table, the service and pacing of the meal was impeccable. It looked as though they were training some young people using the appertifs, but they were not going to take any chances on the meal. All in all, a lovely experience. But if you are going to go out of your way to get there, use a sports car, the road is windy and can be fun with the right suspension.