Been here several times, had good and average meals, this time was not as good as previous times.
We booked a table for five for a friends and family reunion.
We were the 1st diners to arrive and they gave us a table of 6 and didn't take the unwanted chair away. If there had been somewhere to put it I would have moved it, It just was a bit awkward having a conversation with a spare seat in the way.
The restaurant, I believe is a Canadian style ,chain, fish restaurant, cheerfully decorated with Canadian fishing scenes, memorabilia, model fishing boats of all sizes, English fishing signs, a giant shark and TV's showing nautical themes. It is spacious bright and airy set on 2 floors. The chairs are comfortable modern leatherette the tablecloths wipe clean plastic and the oversized menus a bit irritating when there are a lot of you. Our waitress was very polite but her perfume was overpowering. Me being Mr fussy, also prefers waiting staff to have their hair if it is long tied up and hidden, and she hadn't. She also rushed us to order our drinks and our courses which was annoying as we were the only ones there. More people started to arrive later. We chose the Navigator menu at around 26 euros for 3 courses.
The starter arrived before we had finished our aperitif. My Nem de crevettes starter comprised of 3 tiny spring rolls, a tiny dipping sauce and a lettuce leaf. My fellow diners had crab salad served in a glass, oysters and a tepid soup.
The mains arrived just before the person with the crab salad had finished eating and they sounded that fact to the waitress who smiled and still put the plate down.
Our mains were a generous double fillet of fish in a leek source served in a black skillet, Personally we all prefer food to be served on plates. Fricassee of Coquille St Jacques with saffron rice, sole au gratin, this proved slightly disappointing as it was little bits of sole and not a whole one, I went for mussels and chips, they were ample but dry? My French companions told me that they must be overcooked. English restaurants please take note that we had plenty of crusty French bread with both courses which was topped up without us having to ask, and pain siegle, a very dark brown bread for the oysters. The waitress also served our wine for us for the earlier part of the meal. Our desserts arrived again before we had all finished our mains. We had flavoured macaroons, a large creme brulee, moelleux au chocolate, melting middle pud to me, and I had a feathery light apple lattice, which they managed to burn, and ice cream. True to form they served the coffee before we had finished our desserts and we sent it back. We also were served the bill without asking. Two of our party wanted more coffee so it was duly sent back and the extra coffees added on. Our French friends thought they should not have added the extra coffees on considering their haste. We will still go back as it has an ideal location for us and a huge car park. Maybe they will do better on our next visit as we know they can.
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