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“Over-priced”
Review of La Rastegue

La Rastegue
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$44 - US$55
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Winchester, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Over-priced”
Reviewed 6 July 2013

The majority of tables are on a delightful veranda with views to the distant coast. Service was excellent and appropriate.
The quality of the entrees suggested that we were in for an excellent dinner. It was not to be. Just three choices are available for Le Plat, beef, pork or fish. The pork, while appropriately cooked, was two lumps of meat and little else, and similarly with the beef.
The apricot tart dessert was no better than that produced in thousands of patisserie across France. Our bill was the highest of our two week holiday but ranked no higher than fourth for food. Check out La Farigoulette in La Fossette as an alternative.

  • Visited July 2013
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Oslo
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“Romantic dinner for two”
Reviewed 26 June 2013

Atmosphere is outstanding here, for a date this is perfect. Nice service and good food. A bit expensive, but worth it. We absolutely recommend to sit outside, flowers everywhere and a great view.

  • Visited January 2013
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Rastegue83230, Propriétaire at La Rastegue, responded to this review, 29 June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Failure of culinary imagination, chef creativity and polite service”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

La Rastegue pretends to offer a fine dining experience with gracious service in an elegant dining room. We have eaten there many times, often with visiting family and friends, who wanted to experience a French meal prepared and served with care and attention. Their repertoire is limited & restrained – typically a 3 choice menu, small helpings and always turned out with great precision. Before we took our vegetarian friend to eat there, we called to ensure that a vegetarian option was within their repertoire. Their assurance that it would be OK turned out to be completely false. First, they assumed he would eat fish or at least shellfish, don’t French chefs know that a fish is not a vegetable? When our friend explained that vegetarians do not eat fish, the best they could come up with was a plate of mashed potato. We were stunned by the lack of culinary imagination and the failure of polite service. “Could the chef, perhaps make an omelet?” enquired our friend politely, adding he needed at least a little protein with his meal. To this request, the server (the chef’s wife and co-proprietor) replied flatly and emphatically, this was not possible because they did not have fresh eggs. She delivered this message with firmness and not a hint of apology as if the fault lay with the client . We glanced across at the exposed stainless steel counters where men in white coats and chef’s hats were prepping the day’s dishes. Were there really no eggs in the big and beautiful kitchen, couldn’t someone step across to Huit a Huit to buy half a dozen? As I imagined my friend munching through his mashed potatoes while we consumed a pretentious 3-course meal, it was obvious we had no choice but to get up and go.

So we did not eat at La Rastegue this time and probably will never do so again. By calling in advance, we thought we had made sure they could adapt their limited formula for a vegetarian client. What we experienced was a display of culinary ignorance and insularity, which is sadly typical of French restaurant proprietors, even those who consider themselves to be offering the highest quality of food and service. Presumably the curriculum of the nation’s culinary academies does not include instruction on the variety of the world’s culinary traditions, or the fact that, for religious, ethical or health reasons more than half of humanity do not eat flesh be it fish, fowl or four legged mammals. But ignorance aside, one has to marvel at the lack of flexibility and versatility in the Rastegue kitchen. Should not a creative chef with his eye on the Michelin Guide be able to quickly conceive and deliver a delicious vegetable meal when a when they have mistakenly assured a client they can do so? And what about a gourmet restaurant does not keep fresh eggs in the fridge if only for an emergency omelet?

  • Visited October 2012
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Rastegue83230, Propriétaire at La Rastegue, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Google Translation
Bonjour,

Tout d’abord je vous remercie pour vos nombreuses visites chez nous et le bon souvenir qu’elles nous ont laissé. Jusqu'à cette fameuse soirée…

En effet vous nous avez bien demandé par avance au téléphone si nous pouvions faire quelque chose pour un végétarien et nous vous avons répondu par l’affirmatif.

Chaque année nous accueillons une trentaine de végétariens pour qui nous faisons au mieux avec tous les légumes à notre disposition. Les clients sont toujours ravis et nous remercient.

Je n’ai jamais servi une vulgaire assiette de purée mais vous ne pouvez pas le savoir puisque contrairement aux autres votre ami n’a pas mangé chez nous. En effet le malentendu vient de là puisque il a refusé notre assortiment de légumes.

Mr vous noté bien judicieusement que nous avons une formule restreinte et pourtant vous auriez voulu que je mette en place une carte végétarienne pour votre ami ? C’est un peu saugrenu ?

Je plaide coupable en vous affirmant qu’après dix ans je ne sais toujours pas cerner les végétariens et leurs différentes familles. Il y en a qui mange du poisson, en tout cas j’en connais et d’autres qui n’en mangent pas mais qui savoure délibérément leur anchoïade !!!

Cette soirée là je n’avais pas d’œufs frais dans mes frigos. Quel scandale surtout quand l’on pense qu’en dix ans les seules fois que l’on fait des omelettes c’est pour le personnel. Pour donner de l’eau à votre moulin je peux vous dire aussi que nous n’avons pas de steak haché ni même un paquet de spaghetti en place. Et si je dois aller à la superette du coin autant qu’elle soit ouverte car nous sommes ouvert à diner à partir de 19h30.

Enfin, je vous ai envoyé un message en privé pour m’excuser de ce malentendu qui à tourner en un mauvais épisode. Mr vous n’avez pas daigné me répondre, alors avant de nous accuser de mauvaise foie il faudrait peut-être commencer par être soi-même courtois.

Jérôme MASSON
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cannes
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“Excellent!”
Reviewed 16 September 2012

This is probably the best restaurant in Bormes les Mimosas.
Very tasty and original dishes at a surprisingly reasonable price. The terrace has a nice view and the staff is very professional and relaxed.
All in all a perfect adress to spend a nice evening while tasting delicious food.
We will be back next summer.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank rubissaphir
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant!”
Reviewed 14 August 2012

This restaurant has it all: the food was extremely well prepared, the service was very friendly and the outdoor seating is the cherry on the sundae.

Everything we ate was tasty and delicious. But the highlight of this restaurant was its service. Everyone is extremely eager to be pleasant, which made our experience that much better. Although we had small kids with us, they never indicated that they were a problem (unlike a few places we have been to). On the contrary, they were eager to please the kids too.

The outdoor seating is quite charming and adds to the experience. We will certainly return to this restaurant next time we visit.

  • Visited July 2012
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