IT’S been two and a half years since I last visited this French restaurant on Courthouse Lane.
That afternoon in July I enjoyed one of the best lunches I reviewed in almost three years – a chicken supreme with bacon and mushroom sauce, served with boiled white rice and a salad of tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, cucumber, beetroot and egg.
Chez Christophe is enjoying its fourth year open in Tralee and it’s hugely popular thanks to the simple dishes cooked well. I decided to pop in this week to grab a quick bite for lunch.
With Christophe on cooking duties, two French waitresses serving and the Gallic music in the background, there’s no lacking in continental atmosphere.
The restaurant was quiet that day, with members of the legal profession having lunch on district court day and a few other office workers.
Among the dishes on the menu are French omelette, goats cheese risotto, lamb burrito, quiche/crepes and specials of the day. These included a seafood paella, roast loin of bacon and a vol au vent.
I fancied something light and quick, so I opted for the salad plate for €8.50. It certainly fitted my needs as in no time the dish appeared in front of me.
It was not what you’d usually expect from a salad. No sign of coleslaw or potato salad here, rather a delicious mix of shredded carrot with raisins and citrus fruit, a tasty rice salad, a bean salad with aubergine, some lettuce, beetroot and juicy, marinated tomatoes.
It was an excellent mix, plentiful, unfussily presented and most importantly, very good. I followed it up with an good Americano with the bill coming to €11.
The main courses I spotted on other tables looked amazing and smelt even better, so I promised myself I’d return soon.