We were a group of 10 people looking for something simple and reasonably priced near to our hotels in Montparnasse and after checking a couple of places on Boulevard du Montparnasse we settled on Chez Fernand (or Brasserie Fernand as it's sometimes called) because the menu seemed good and the manager at the door was welcoming and certainly keen to have 10 customers in his restaurant.
The young waiting staff were friendly, polite, efficient and helpful with the language issues as only 2 of our group spoke fluent French and only 2 or 3 more of us spoke poor holiday French.
The menu was nicely Parisian with some interesting options. However, I'm not going to review the food beyond stating that, with the exception of my steak being a poor quality cut of beef cooked badly, it was acceptable quality and nothing to rave or whine about. That's the opinion of most of the group.
No, what was most memorable and significant about our visit was the way in which the manager told us abruptly, and in a very rude manner, to be quiet. After we all left I asked everybody what the story was because all I knew was that he had come over (for the first and only time) and loudly said something in French, which was then relayed around the table by our friends who spoke fluent French.
Apparently, a French woman sitting at a table nearby, but not adjacent to ours, had complained about us being too loud and the manager had taken it upon himself to chastise us. The woman had later grinned at my wife as if to say "Ha! That shut you up, didn't it?". She seemed most pleased with herself. Odly enough, the older lady at the table next to me didn't seem in the least bit bothered by the occasionally raised voices as a group of 2 or 3 of us shared an amusing conversation. Besides, by the time we left the restaurant, we had to raise our voices across the table to each other because the restaurant had become a little too loud for our conversations, so clearly we weren't the problem.
So although 90% of the staff had been nice, the food had been acceptable, and the atmosphere generally was convivial, the manager "managed" to a) spoil our evening, b) reduce his takings by making us feel unwelcome and thus cutting short our order to the tune of several desserts, coffee and drinks for all, and c) cheat his waiting staff out of their tip.
I hope that one of the staff reads this and discovers what their manager did that night, although I suspect they already know from previous evenings. The idiot even had the gall to say "Bon soir" to each of us as we left. He was lucky that we simply ignored him rather than gave him our own parting message.
So, if you want to eat at a casual restaurant in the area I suggest you avoid this place and try one of the other dozen or so within one block in either direction. At the very least you'll save yourself being on the receiving end of an uncommonly rude Frenchman.
I've rated Service as Terrible because of this one man ruining the whole event. The young waiting staff are not responsible for this low rating at all.
Note; This was our first night in Paris together, but by no means the first visit to Paris by any of our group of 10, so don't think this is us being out of touch with "how Paris is". For the rest of our 5 day visit we encountered nothing but exemplary service and high standards of food & drink (with the exception of one place on Champs Elysee - but that's just "how Champs Elysee is").
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