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“Nice Outdoor Deck”
Review of Byin T-cheu Mei

Byin T-cheu Mei
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Formigny
Price range: US$13 - US$23
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dartmouth, Canada
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60 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice Outdoor Deck”
Reviewed 28 October 2012

We had a nice evening meal here. The outdoor deck had glass around the outside to keep any wind away. The restaurant was open later than we expected. The food was very good and the service was good. Ask for english menu.

Visited September 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Bangor, Maine
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481 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Terrible Experience here.........”
Reviewed 19 August 2012

Out of our 33 days of travel in Europe in 7 different countries, we only had a very few poor dining experiences, and unfortunitely this experience at this restaurant happened to be the worse one.

We were driving back to Paris after a day spent at the D Day beaches, and saw this attractive restaurant and decided to pull in and have dinner there.

We were seated in a nice dining room. The place was not full at all. Only about 1/3 of the tables were occupied that evening.

The young blond lady that waited on us made us feel inferior. It was obvious that she had a position of importance in the restaurant, since she was not only one of the waitresses but she was also the hostess. She spoke French and we worked hard to be gracious and communicate with her in what limited French we knew. We asked for water to drink............since that is really what we wanted that night, and she made a comment to make us feel badly that we only wanted water.

The plates were very expensive compared to what we had paid in nicer restaurants downtown in Paris............so we asked about sharing some plates. She understood this, and told us we could not do it and the way she said it made us feel inferier for even asking. (This was the only time in our 33 days in Europe anyone told us we could not share a plate if we did not want a lot of food.)

However, she seemed to understand our English quite well when it came to what she did not like such as asking for the water and sharing plates. Somehow she could understand what she wanted to in English.

Her attitude was such that after the incident of making us feel inferior for asking for water, we nearly walked out at that point.

Everywhere we went in Europe, the waiters or waitresses tried to help us understand the English meaning of their menus. We always tried to use what little bit of the language we knew to help and did that again this night.

This lady offered no help. We tried to meet part way in-between with the language, but she was not ready to do that........but yet she was good at understanding our request for water and making us feel inferior and telling us no we could not share a plate and made us feel inferier for even asking.

We finally took some guesses and ordered some appetizers since the food was so expensive compared to what we had had in Paris. We hated the food!

We were nice to her the whole evening, and I do not know why she treated us this way. They must be used to North American tourists since they are located so close to the D day beaches.

This was by far the worse dining experience we had in our 33 days in Europe traveling in 7 different countries.

I hate to write this about a place, but we had a miserable experience.

  • Visited June 2012
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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good food and good service”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

We visited this restaurant a few times while holidaying in Vierville-sur-Mer. The staff were warm and friendly on each occasion and the lunchtime fixed price menu is excellent value. The buffet choices, the main courses and the desserts were all very good. In comparison to some similar restaurants in the locality offering fixed price menus, Byin T-cheu Mei wins hands down.
In addition to our lunchtime visits, we also paid an evening visit on the occasion of my wife's birthday. Once again, we found the food to be excellent and very well cooked and the staff were extremely welcoming again. Although my command of the French language is very limited, I felt that the staff appreciated my efforts to speak it.
Would we re-visit this restaurant if we holiday in Normandy again? YES YES YES!

  • Visited July 2012
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Bedford, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Front-of-house letsit down”
Reviewed 4 October 2011

The food is good. However, ice is not available for one's apero (essential for pastis), the basic menu is not even mentioned, presumably in an attempt to take more money and despite asking for "cidre ordinaire, brur", we were served cidre fermier, demi-sec and told"you WILL like it. Won't be returning. Not our first visit

  • Visited September 2011
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