Having enjoyed the meals of its sister-brasserie Le Sud, we decided to have lunch at Le Nord on the day we left Lyon. Many people complained about the bad service of Le Sud and praised Le Nord for attentive waiters and waitresses, but what happened to us was opposite.
When we arrived, a waiter greeted us and I noticed, when checking the reservation on a PC screen, he clicked our pre-booked table and chose a different one. When we were ushered, I realised what he had done --- he moved us to a less comfortable table. The table we were supposed to be in was later occupied by a French family. I did not make a scene out of this
and I kept quiet, but it was not nice.
The meal was acceptable, not that brilliant--- the starter, sausage in brioche, was warm and tasty, but my main course, lamb roast, was dry with dull sauce, my wife's bresse chicken (from a la carte) was just average (oh, except the eye-watering price). The service was not friendly either. The waiter did not bring the bread basket although he brought one to the French family before they asked. When we asked for it, he snapped, without an apology, "Coming" --- these days some waiters in London Chinatown would not be that impolite. When we finished our main course, we asked for a menu to order a dessert. It arrived after a long, long wait, only to be told, again, without an apology, by that impertinent waiter, "The tart is all gone." ( In Le Sud, when my wife ordered the starter and main course, the kind waiter warned, "If you'd like a greengage tart for your dessert, you must order one now, otherwise it will be gone" and winked her. Well, what a difference!) Obviously we thought it was enough and left without tipping.
Maybe we were unlucky, but Le Nord certainly let us down, and I don't think this restaurant deserves the praise by some people --- or maybe we visited a wrong restaurant? Mystery....
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