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“Good one-trick pony act , aggressive lady owner”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Mascaret

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Le Mascaret
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“Good one-trick pony act , aggressive lady owner”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2010

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.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2010

We did not stay here, but for a treat, Mother and Daughter booked into the spa for a morning's treatments, and the family had lunch. Apart from the "Bijoux de Table" on sale at 140 euros which outraged my teen age son, there was nothing to object to. The same teen age son was genuinely impressed with the liquid nitrogen deserts "cooked" at the table. Top marks all round, and so we read in the local paper, a Michelin Star to prove it.

Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2008

We have just returned from a stay in Normandy and we spent a night at Hotel Le Mascaret.
This was a wonderful experience, from start to end.
The suite was brilliant, the food exquisite and the staff perfect.
Highly recommended establishment

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Mascaret
Address: 1 rue de Bas, 50560 Blainville-sur-Mer, France
Region: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Manche > Blainville-sur-Mer
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Blainville-sur-Mer
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5
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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