I made a reservation through Internet 2 months prior to our visit. The day after, I had a voice mail offering me an other time than the one that I had requested. I then called back and left a message saying that it was fine with me. When my boyfriend called the day before our dinner to confirm, it turned out that we did not have a reservation. Bad start.
We got there at 8:30 to be told that we were expected at 7:30. I don't know where that 7:30 came from. An other mishap.
The place is tiny, nice and quiet, very cozy.
We waited a little too long before the waiter came to us and had to open our wine bottle ourselves. The bread was served with butter so cold that it was hard to spread. I had the céleri rémoulade, which was very fresh, with crispy celery root and a delicate mayonnaise dressing. Only problem is that it was way overprised. My boyfriend had the escargots au fromage de chèvre. They were fantastic. We never had escargots that tender before.
He had the magret de canard au porto. It was well-cooked with a delicious fatty, smoky undertone and a thin sauce with subtle porto aromas. I had the ris de veau au vieux vinaigre de xérès. It was our experience with thymus and we were pleased. The meat was clean tasting and tender, cut into bite-sized pieces and enveloped by a delicious sauce. The level of vinegar was perfect : it wasn't too acidic, but it had a little kick. The only problem was the LONG HAIR that did NOT belong to either of us that I had to pull out of my mouth. Eew.
After twenty minutes or so, we waved at the waiter to ask for coffee, dessert and a corkscrew for our second bottle. The crème caramel was very tasty. Surprisingly, the crème brûlée was an issue. It wasn't not evenly "brûlé" and the sugar was literally burned in some parts, tasting like chard. We've had better crème brûlée at steak houses.
Overall, Le Flambard is a decent restaurant with surprising flaws (cold butter, burned crème brûlée, miscommunication leading to reservation problems). The food is okay, but overpriced. In the very same area, you can find better French restaurants for the same price - or lower.
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