we had selected this restaurant for dinner based on a recommendation in the issue of January 2014 of Where, the city guide of Paris. According to the magazine, this was supposed to be an excellent fish restaurant managed by two star chef Michel Rostang. The review mentioned wok-seared tuna with foie gras and that attracted us, as well as the shellfish.
Upon our arrival the restaurant was completely empty. Strange. Later, a few guests arrived but it stayed quite empty on a saturday night.
Bizarre is the best description for the food served by a so called 2 star chef. And the service. When we asked about the wok-seared tuna with foie gras the waiter looked flabbergasted. He had never seen that dish on the menu. Neither could he remember it. And that while it was being advertised or reviewed in a city guide of the same month that we visited the place.
I selected the 5 course Michel Rostang menu while my partner ordered little crabcakes and some salad. Beautifully presented yes, but the dressing was very sour, quite unpleasant. The crust on the crabcakes was a bit overcooked and dry although the meat was fresh and tasty.
We had suspected already something was wrong when our amuse came. The waiter announced a mousse of cod and that is exactly what we got, but it tasted bland and absolutely not interesting. My starter was some creme or soup, but of what?? The oysters were ok. Main dish was cote de boeuf in a crust of salt. While the taste was not that bad, the meat was almost raw and very chewy. We could hardly eat a bite of this dish. What a waste.
Then our dessert came after almost an hour, we had to ask for it. Service was very slow while there were 8 waiters serving an almost empty restaurant.
But the worst experience of the evening was the smell of burnt toast, it came from a toast device near our table. Very unpleasant.
Our experience on this evening was certainly a bummer. The food was not what we were expecting and the service was poor. Not to be repeated and definitely not recommended. A one-time experience.
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