We come to the D-Day beach area twice a year from the US . Le Mascaret used to be a delightful jewel of a restaurant and a favorite of ours at its former location in Heugheville-sur-Sienne . The charm seems to have been broken since their ambitious move to a full service faciity (restaurant , hotel , beauty parlor , massage spa...) a couple of years ago.
The cooling remains excellent and refined and Mr Hardy is unquestionably an outstanting chef . However :
- menus seem to never change and the fish of the day is invariably the local cheap "barbue"
- desserts are way under par .
- the new décor is medle (e.g. a painting of a lascivious Asian lady next to a lovely armoire) and embarrassingly kitschy
Since the "graduation" to the new location , the lady owner has kept her high dedication to the job , but her once flexible marketing skills have turned rigid . When my wife barely touched her dessert , finding it unsavory , the lady inquiree why and flatly told her that she did not have proper taste and the problem was not with the dessert but with my wife's taste ...We remained polite but flabbergasted.
In a nutshell , the place can be great if you come just for the food , have a soft spot for "barbue and can do without dessert . It will help if you are prepared for helter skelter settings and don't mind the risk of being lectured on how uneducated your taste buds are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adorable guesthouse located in Blainville s/mer, close to the beach and the golf. It belongs to LE MASCARET restaurant (one star on Guide Michelin) where Nadia and Philippe Hardy will welcome you with the delicatest attention. The SPA is at your disposal for a relaxation moment. ... more less
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