Inspired by this post by Véronique at French Girl in Seattle we celebrated my friend's birthday at Le Restaurant Fournaise in Chatou, the setting of one of Renoir's most famous paintings Le Déjeuner des Canotiers.
The restaurant is an island amongst the office blocks now, but that sky is still worthy of a painting.
If you look carefully, you can see the American Express building where Véronique used to work reflected in the entrées!
This was my entrée. Gambas, the winning choice from a meal that we all agreed wasn't the best food we've ever had in France, but almost certainly better than we would have experienced in our U.S. suburban neighborhoods on a Tuesday lunchtime!
The building has been beautifully restored and there is a museum on site that we didn't have time to visit. A good excuse to go back.
There was time for a quick after lunch stroll along the river bank, past the boat house...
...then back home in time to fetch the kids off the school bus.