Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Le Carrousel Gourmand, Chambray les Tours

Le Carrousel Gourmand is sort of two restaurants in one. On the left there is La Bricole and on the right there is Mamie Bigoude. Recently we had a big shopping day in Tours and had lunch at Mamie Bigoude, something we'd wanted to do for a while.

The set lunch menus. I had the farmers salad and mini desserts. 
Simon had the Tom Sawyer burger (pictured above) and chocolate mousse.

Mamie Bigoude is a small chain of restaurants with decor that references 1950s rock and roll and American movies. They describe themselves and their approach as simultaneously baroque and quirky. I don't know about baroque, but certainly quirky!

 A red deer taxidermy form wrapped in gingham and given knitting needle antlers.

Tourists often ask on travel forums for recommendations of child friendly restaurants in France. Well, Mamie Bigoude has a kids' play area, with an attendant. While we were there it was school holidays so the attendant had plenty of kids to entertain and she was doing face painting.

 Kids menus.

La Bricole, on the other side, is decorated like a hardware store. We walked through it just to see what it was like.

 The exterior.

Both sections amused us greatly and the food was good value for money. When I came to pay I commented on how extremely pink the desk was. The waitress laughed and said that when they had started painting the old oak furniture in the restaurant older clients were horrified. It just wasn't done to paint old brown furniture. Sacrilege, we joked together.

A general view. Many of the light fittings were fabulous confections of kitchenalia. 
I failed to photograph the most impressive.

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