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“Very disappointing food”
Review of Bastide du Calalou

Bastide du Calalou
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Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very disappointing food”
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Following reading fantastic reviews i was really looking forward to eating here, unfortunately fo us, despite a beautiful setting the atmosphere was cheerless and the food tasteless and overcooked. Considering how expensive it was i really wouldn't recommend it!

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Overpriced and truly disappointing”
Reviewed 4 April 2013

We booked this for our 'special night out' of the holiday. The food was incredibly expensive and, at best, mediocre - at worst terrible. The 'mise en bouche' was a vegetable veloute and something cold apparently made with salmon and parmesan. The tastes were bland to unpleasant and the consistency strange. Two of us had a starter that also had salmon and parmesan in it, which was odd (and fairly unpleasant as it turned out). The lamb main course was OK but overpriced for what it was. The fish of the day main course (loup cooked with anis butter) was overcooked, and had not apparently met the anis butter. The waiters struggled to serve this up and it disintegrated: this might have been ok if it tasted good but it did not. We complained and they did not charge us. The lamb and the fish had the same garnishes and vegetables, some of which were unidentifiable and unpleasant ('shark's eyes' was the closest description we could find). We could not face dessert - the head waiter had, the whole way through, made an enormous show of trying to get us to choose the menu of the day: perhaps we should have, but when it came to his efforts with the dessert of the day this was almost comical. Finally we were never given a wine menu but were corralled into having their one recommendation. We wondered if the chef was off that day or had walked out - it really was a disappointing experience given the extraordinary setting.

  • Visited April 2013
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French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, France
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A great way to spend a winter day - visiting the truffles market in Aups followed by lunch at the Bastide du Calalou”
Reviewed 14 May 2012

Warm welcome, pleasant surroundings, absolutely perfect and well-presented food. Not expensive considering the high quality. We were 7 covers during the off-season and the result was unanimous - we'd all go back again - some already have.

  • Visited November 2011
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