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“A pleasant surprise”

L'Assiette du Cagou
Ranked #9 of 252 Restaurants in Noumea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Went there 1 week ago - great restaurant and deserves a mention on Trip advisor.
Reviewed 2 October 2012

Three of us were pleasantly surprised by our excellent dining experience. We tasted new cuisine like the local yam and grated green papaya which were tiny side dishes on our main platters. We would definitely recommend an evening out at this restaurant in the quartier latin. The food was delicious and really well presented.

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2  Thank Michelle W
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Reviewed 8 September 2012

Don't panic, you will not be served a table of cagou (the national bird) for your meal! Situated in the latin quarter this street could easily be overlooked (roadworks going on, not good street lighting) however our accommodation host suggested this in response to our request for a good, not too expensive, local restaurant that wasn't touristy. We were not disappointed. We took our trusty French dictionary with us and attempted to work out what was on the menu but our waitress was also very helpful and explained some things in English. We arrived and the place was empty but we needn't have worried, the place soon filled up and people were being turned away. The menu was a blackboard on the wall containing about 15 plats du jour, prices ranging from 2600 to 3900 which includes a portion of rice, salad, vegetables and gratin. Beautifully presented. I had Picot Gris (which is a local white fish) and my partner a t-bone steak. Both were full of flavour and well cooked. I didn't see any chicken on the menu and as far as I could tell it was mostly beef, pork and fish/seafood. I thought there was a good choice. Good range of desserts, including ice cream, various tartes (citron/lemon was sublime!) and tiramisu. The wine menu had a reasonable selection and even though it stated by the bottle or carafe or half carafe they do have house wine by the glass as well, just ask. The ambience we loved. Good background music which was not imposing or too loud, decor and furniture were not posh but just fitted with the bistro feel. For two of us our meal cost 9000 francs for main course and dessert each, plus a beer and wine & water which I think for Noumea is good. They open for lunch and dinner and booking is recommended. Lunch time hours I think were 11:30 to 13:30 and evening 19:15 to 21:15hrs. Bon appetit!

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4  Thank Jules R
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

We ate here last week during a visit to Noumea on a P&O cruise ship. It is in the latin quarter, easy to find but not on the regular tourist route. Not much english but with our limited french and the waitress's patience and her little bit of english we managed perfectly well!! We were expecting more french but I would call it local even a bit polynesian. My husband ordered seafood, fresh, delicious and huge serving, I had a spagetti dish with prawns and chicken in a coconut sauce, it too was delicious and a serving that 2 people would have been satisfied with!! We had champagne by the glass (one each) and were served bread and a vegetable side dish as well for approx $90AUD, it was worth it.

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1  Thank MissKDonkey
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

Hats off to a restaurant who trys to maximise use of local produce - but don't expect a large menu. Following the "blackboard" trend, the menu can be a bit limiting even if it attempts to satisfy all. Simple, is how I best describe the restaurant; from decor to food but that is not a bad thing. In this case, simple works. A small restaurant, it does not take much to fill. No big winner on furnishings or decor one is left with service and menu to judge and in both cases I think they pull together quite well. Cerf, Cochon sauvage, taro, poingo banana, yams, bossu, local prawns...... to name a few of the ingredients that reapear in the menu selection but in different styles and presentations. As a "broad eater" (no requirements and no allegies) I can generally find something on any menu but I would recommend "limited eaters" (requirements/allegies) to perhaps enquire of the menu "de jour."
Food was fresh, copious and good homestyle fare. My cerf (venison) ragout was tender and rich with flavour, Delicious.......BUT I was dissapointed in the accompliments. Tapioca chips, fried poingo banana, taro wedges, great.........if they were hot. It was a shame that these ingredients were used more as a garnish rather than an intrigal part of the dish. Great colours, great textures, great flavours......perhaps just a little more heat.
A typical dessert selection. Fruit; ice-creams; tartin (order at the start of your meal); brulee, which was my choice.
You can get a bad brulee but certainly not the case here. Vanilla is not my prefered flavour but I took it any way. The caramel was hard and warm and the custard was so creamy and vanill...ary I had to give it 2 thumbs up.
Beverages - 1 gls wine + 1 gls beer
Service - correct. casual.
Decor - bright and snug.
Food - simple, fresh, local fare.
Price - correct.

Value - Left happy, full and content, $A90.00. Spent a lot more for a lot less. I say good value.

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Reviewed 6 August 2018
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