Our first trip to Montpellier so we checked TA and decided to book a table for 2 for dinner through the restaurant's Facebook which was confirmed by the chef owner a few days before our arrival. We encountered a traffic jam coming from Toulouse airport and had our hotel staff call the restaurant to inform of the delay. The restaurant staff told her there was no booking made under my name but they could accommodate us an hour later which was fine.
My husband and I opted for the main course of duck confit and lamb shoulder respectively. The meat was not very flavourful and we could not taste any herbs. Both the duck and the lamb shoulder were dry and overcooked.
Each plate was, apart from the meat portion, filled to the brim with a mixture of vegetables and a huge portion of gratin of penne rigate. Upon first tasting, the gratin appeared quite nice but after a while, because of the big portion coupled with the rich taste, we quickly became full up and sated. We could not finish half of the gratin as neither did a few other diners. The food served was rustic and hearty, both in taste and portion.
The bill came to around Euro 55 for 2 main course, a couple glasses of wine and tips.
We found out later that the chef owner was not working that night. Notwithstanding that, for a restaurant to uphold its reputation, the cooking should be consistent. For me, the food was average and a return visit would not be on the cards. I have marked the overall rating as 3 but my husband would only mark it a 2.
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