We lunched here in early September; this was my second visit, the first having been ten years ago when the restaurant had one Michelin star and was significantly less contemporary cool in its decor. Sadly, whilst we had a wonderful lunch this time, I think I preferred the place with one-star pretensions. Naturally, the obligatory theatre of the starred restaurant was placed on show: endless amuse bouches, palate-cleansers, pre-pudding puddings etc. Fine. But two specific things and one general point let the place down. First thing: the waiters did not know which guest was having what dish (we were only four to lunch); a very basic error, a cheap one to put right, and very revealing at the same time. Second thing - much more serious - : three of our party ordered a fillet of veal for our main course. Two of them were juicy, pink inside and absolutely delicious. Mine was thin, overcooked and should NEVER have been allowed to leave a kitchen of any reasonable standard, let alone one awarded two Michelin stars. I sent it back, it was replaced by a better one, but the apologies were slightly muted, no money was taken off the bill and no nice gestures were offered (glass of wine or whatever). Third, general point: The food is very, very good; but the best dish I had was a first course of frogs legs and mushrooms in a hugely filling, creamy sauce. Classic Lyonnaise stuff, and the sort of bourgeois, auberge-style cooking I love but hardly sophisticated, complex food combining. I wish they'd stick to that sort of cooking, ditch the theatrics, and stuff having two stars. Then maybe their attention wouldn't be so distracted they make the sort of crass, elementary mistakes described above.
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