My wife and I had gone out for a drive in Normandy when the weather turned dark and forbidding, so when we saw a restaurant up ahead with a warm glow, we jumped at the chance to take a break and enjoy more of the lovely Normandy hospitality and gorgeous food we had so far experienced on our trips out. Unfortunately like fools gold, all that looks what you expect is not always the case.
To be honest we should have backed out when we first entered, the atmosphere just felt off, but in true Brit style we were here and too polite to back out now.
The décor was what I would call 1930 kitch and the food going past to the other dinners looked enticing.
How ever when ever the staff in this establishment interacted with us it was in my mind an off hand manner, now I am not going to pretend that my French is anything other than very basic or that we have not had a few language barrier mishaps whilst here in Normandy but every establishment from the local bread shop to the super market has been supportive and helpful and we have got by. Not so at this establishment very little effort was made with the language barrier in fact at times in felt like the complete opposite.
We finally ordered two steaks medium one with pepper sauce, the other with cheese sauce. We went with steak as the table next to us had had steak and it looked amazing.
When ours was dropped off, not arrived as quite literally the waiter held the plates above our eye line and I'm not short...said something very rapid in French and dropped them at the table before scooting off again.
We were dropped off two steaks, without steak knives that the other dinners had been provided, one with no sauce so over cooked as to be well done, the other with so much fat on it..... After several minutes of trying to grab anyone attention we finished what we could and asked for the bill (one of the few French phases I have mastered). Upon which we where brought the desert menus again I said no and asked for the bill. After what seemed like an age we left the table in search of the bill finding reception paid up, including our expensive bottle of evian water when all the other dinners had been given tap water.
So I was stunned upon leaving when the staff member said in very clear English "good bye and enjoy the rest of your week."
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