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“Still brilliant”

Le Bistrot De La Place
Ranked #4 of 9 Restaurants in Tremolat
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Luckily we didn't read the review below before going....We came to this restaurant a few years ago when it was called bistrot d'en face. Apparently changed the name to avoid problems with someone else having the name registered. Anyway, we arrived without a booking, had no trouble getting in and everything was perfect. My partner had the €22 menu, with a very generous asparagus and smoked salmon entree, pork and white beans for main and a strawberry and rhubarb panna cotta. I had magret de canard and broad beans (fava beans) followed by french toast and Armagnac. All perfectly done, service was good, they were apologetic if anything was slightly slow (we weren't in a hurry). Good value for money and the owner, who was eating in the restaurant, wandered over to greet every customer - so very welcoming.

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Reviewed 28 March 2014

When we moved to the Dordogne 15 years ago, the Bistro was our favourite restaurant, as it was with many expats in the region. Sadly over the last five years it has deteriorated so much, while other good restaurants have sprung up to take its business. The lack of variety on the menu, surly and ever-changing waiting staff, smaller portions and slow service all contributed to our decision about three years ago to stop going altogether. However a friend insisted on taking us there a few weeks ago as a 'thank you' and so we went. The hopeless evening simply reinforced our decision to avoid the Bistro, and our friend was devastated by the disaster of the Bistro's fare.

We were a party of 6, and when we arrived there were only 4 other people there. The specials board was brought, and after an age someone arrived to take an order for aperitifs, even though by that time we were ready to order our food. However he insisted on taking the aperitif order and returning later for the food order.

Five of us had decided to take the main course special, scallops, but when we came to order we were told that only one portion was left (despite the fact that the restaurant was virtually empty). Not to delay the evening any longer we chose quickly and waited. And waited.

Eventually five starters came, and we had quite a wait for the sixth. The starters were fine. Then the main courses appeared, again only five, with this time an even longer wait for the sixth to the point where politeness gave way to hunger and the rest of us started. The sixth main couse, of the Menu du jour, was supposed to be 'Pigs Cheeks'. What came was a strange looking whiteish stew. When we remonstrated that this was most clearly NOT Pigs Cheeks, we were told they had run out, and that this was Blanquette de Veau. After some protests that changing an order without any dsicussion with the client was totally unacceptable (met with a shrug and half apology) our sixth pronounced that she (unlike some of the group) had no problem eating veal, and so we went on.

The main course portions were very small indeed, and the Bistro had compensated by providing the most enormous bucket of chips, far too many for six, and clearly intended to fill us up. The quality of the food was mixed and we gave that feedback, again to a shrug.

The dessert (predictably) came for five, while the waiter had to be summoned again some minutes later, as clearly they had totally forgotten the sixth.

We could not wait to get out. It really is a tragedy. A restaurant that once served super food, reasonably priced, and with great service now falls down on all three aspects. They had for many years a real winning formula - why change it to the disaster it has now become? No wonder when we go to eat elsewhere and pass the Bistro it is usually fairly quiet. Avoid at all costs.

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