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January 2011 - Auberge de Gicourt

Home & Away Dining Society Reviews

January 2011 - Auberge de Gicourt

Posted by: webmaster on Tuesday February 01, 2011 (09:35:59)   (5093 Reads)
 
Diners at the Auberge de Gicourt
Diners at the Auberge de Gicourt
Restaurant Details

Name

Auberge de Gicourt
Address466 av.Philippe Courtial
Address60600 Agnetz
Websitehttp://www.aubergedegicourt.com/
Phone03 44 50 00 31
Score9
Mid January saw the largest group of people we've had for an 'away' dinner descend on the Auberge de Gicourt in Agnetz, between Creil and Beauvais. This was a restaurant no-one had ever heard of, let alone been to so was a real shot in the dark! The website looked good though and first impressions once we'd found it (not in Agnetz itself but on the main road from Clermont) were also positive.

Once inside Mr Fillion, the owner, had reserved us our own room upstairs to keep us out of the way. The downstairs dining room looked busy, always a good sign, as we trooped past. Once installed the tradition 'welcome drink' arrived and we were able to re-introduce ourselves to old friends and meet a few who'd never joined us before.

 


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The Auberge offers a 'cuisine gastronomique variée et préparée avec soin et créativité pour la joie du palais et des yeux' and it certainly didn't disappoint in the looks department. The first course arrived, beautifully presented with a Cocotte de Saint-Jacques et Gambas presented in a little Le Crueset type pot, and the Foie Gras and Crumble d'Escargots equally well served. The smells were certainly ticking the right boxes and it seemed from most reactions that the tastes were pretty good too. Allowances must always be made for small restaurants serving a big group all at once and I think the Auberge did well on the first course.

The wine was fairly free flowing, with a 2006 Loire I seem to remember (!) proving easy to swallow. As always the restaurant needed to get up to speed with just how much expats can drink but they seemed to get the hang of it in the end.

Main course arrived fairly soon after and was equally well presented. The Selle d’Agneau Farcie Saveur Truffes was good, if the stuffing did taste a little manufactured and the Civet de Biche was very strongly flavoured - fantastic if you like strong flavours but perhaps a little overpowering if not. The only real disappointment of the evening were the Filets de Bar. It gave the impression of having been plated a good while before it was served and then having been re-heated. As I mentioned earlier this could well be down to the difficulties of serving 20+ meals all at once. It does also seem to follow the pattern that restaurants around the Oise are not good at serving fish!

Desserts were pretty spectacular, a real feast for the eyes as you can see from the photos. All three choices were very good I thought (although I only got to sample two of them!) The restaurant obviously makes a big play of its presentation and it didn't let itself down with the final course.

So final thoughts on the restaurant? For 40€ a head I thought they did a very good job. They offer menus on a regular night from 21€ up to 55€ so to get what we did for that price, including the welcome drink, wine and coffee was a good offer. It was also very nice to be in our own room so we could make as much noise as we liked, and we were well looked after despite not letting them go home until midnight.

Would I go back? Definitely. Whilst it is a little off the beaten track it is still only 30 minutes or so from Chantilly and I think a bit of a gem. You can rest assured that you will get good looking food, with fresh ingredients from a chef who obviously enjoys what he does.

So thank you Mr Fillion for your hospitality, and for everyone else for coming along!

Final Scores

Food: 8/10
Ambience: 9/10
Service: 8/10

Overall, a very good 9/10
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