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“Amazing experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Rocher - CLOSED

Le Rocher
Price range: US$35 - US$108
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Description: SUMMER 2013 : New TEAMOn the tip of Spano, between Lumio and San Ambrogio, facing the Bay of Calvi, The Rock is a restaurant that deserves confidential, lost at the end of a small road in the bush.Small white sand beach, a few tables in teak beautiful white tamarisk among rocks millennia.Here it is nature that speaks, gross, in all its splendor.A landscape forever altered by humans.The view of the citadel of Calvi is breathtaking, the sunset an array of changing colors.After 3 years in the kitchens of three-star restaurant, L'Arpege by Alain Passard, and Maxime Bastien Guillochon Voisin, two former party leaders, to launch a season!
Lucerne, Switzerland
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Going to Le Rocher feels like embarquing on an adventure. After following the signs along a dusty road, you arrive at a cul de sac in a beautiful secluded bay. This year the restaurant is run by Alain Passard apprentices and the quality of the food is outstanding. The menu changes daily, based on what is available locally. My starter was an artichoke served with a mint and olive oil dressing, simple yet delicious. My main course was a black risotto with Corsican langoustine, perfection.
Although they do not have a children's menu per se, they were able to accomodate our five year old daughter, serving her a lovely veal and mashed potato dish. Desserts are wonderful too.
The restaurant will be closing at the end of September and it will be worth double checking whether the same team will be returning next year.

Visited July 2013
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1 Thank charliecorse
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English first
London
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth half the cost”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

Yes, the location and food are excellent. But in 2013, it is hard for a restaurant to justify not accepting credit cards when mains start at 40 euros. Most diners don't appreciate having to carry around 200 euros in cash, just to pay for dinner for two. And with a 40 euro risotto, I would like more than some great seasoning and 5 prawns on top. A salad on the side perhaps? An amuse bouche? Petit fours with coffee at the end?

And the service is not what I would expect at this price point. We never saw the same waiter twice, even though there seemed to be a 1:1 ratio of servers to tables. Which also made me wonder why no one came to ask us how our meal was, in case we needed anything, wanted to order more wine, etc. And it was a bit distracting to have one of the waiter's phones keeping ringing during dinner, and him rushing off to a corner to have loudly whispered conversations with whoever was on the other end.

Overall, you would be better off bringing a bottle of wine and a picnic to the lovely beach that is just in front of Le Rocher and enjoying a sundown dinner for a fraction of the cost, but with the same stunning location.

  • Visited July 2013
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MainerinLondon
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gmillant, Public Relations Manager at Le Rocher, responded to this review, 1 August 2013
As it is mentioned in our website and when booking your table, the Rocher restaurant cannot accept credit card because of no fixed phone line available !
Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Enjoy your wonderful gourmet experience at the Rocher !
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Montreal, Canada
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393 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Great location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2012

Gorgeous location. The view and suroundings are prime.
Local products (charcuterie, seafood). The restaurant decor needs some improvement, so does the service lacking of some professionalism. The wait staff is very friendly.
Arrive around 6:30PM, have a nice bottle of rose with Corsican charcuteries and have dinner when the sun goes down and you will have an evening to remember.

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Guillaumeleconqueran
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