You must not leave without a visit to Rat’s Restaurant, located on the grounds and open year-round. The move is to spend the day wandering the Grounds For Sculpture gardens and then head over to Rat’s for a drink and dinner when you’re done. Named for the water vole Ratty from The Wind in the Willows, Rat’s is a blend of traditional and contemporary French style — not just the menu, but the architecture and interior design, too.
“It’s definitely a trip to go in there,” Chevalier said. “It’s a really neat building. And for anyone who gets a chance to head to the kitchen too, that’s kind of wild. Anyone who’s been in a commercial kitchen knows it’s usually a very practical space, but it’s actually just as beautiful in the kitchen as it is in the rest of the restaurant.”
The kitchen isn’t technically open to the public, but when you make reservations there’s a special room you can request with a view of everything going on in there behind the scenes. “That’s one of the few ways for the public to get to see it,” Chevalier said.
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