“Tourist trap, Orlando in France. Beware.”
This is definitely not a 3 star restaurant. Perhaps my girlfriend and I were a little spoiled coming off a lovely dinner at King Louis in Monte Carlo, however we did have a spectacular dinner at Maison Lameloise the following week, so it must be this place!!!!!.
The meal went bad right from the beginning. We were greeted at the door by the valet (dressed like an organ grinder, lol, am I in Disney? Maybe. Bocuse does in fact have a restaurant at the French Pavilion in Disney in Orlando). The valet walked us in, where we met the Maitre d'. The Maitre d' did not even look up, just gave the nice valet our table number (which was the first red flag.) The valet escorted us though the main dining room (which was totally empty since we had a 8:00 pm reservation, and arrived a bit early) and up stairs to a small, stuffy attic room with no windows or character (Siberia for the english-speaking tourists.) Normally at the stairs I would have declined to eat in the auxiliary upstairs room, and requested a table in the main dining room, however I guess a moment of weakness.
Now we are upstairs, our waiter brings menus, service begins. We are given a cheese puff and eventually a small, hard baguette. No choice of bread. The Maitre d' asked for our order and we asked for a few more minutes. Then, we did not have anyone come to the table for 20 minutes while all the other tables in the room were being served water, amuse-busche, wine, etc. I have to flag them down to get water. Eventually we get our water, and the sommelier. I attempted to have a wine pairing with my meal, but they did not have one in place, so I had five wines by the glass, chosen from the by-the-glass menu, which were all basic 15 e per glass, which is not very good, figure worth 4 euro a bottle in supermarket.
Foie Gras for first course was excellent. Second course for me was the rack of lamb, my partner had pigeon/puff pastry. First, the rack of lamb is carved table side, as it should be in a 3 starred restaurant, and was, when the rack was brought out; however, I ordered the lamb rare. The rack was medium-well. I can tell the difference between rare and medium well just by sticking a fork in the meat (which they must do to carve it?), but they attempted to serve it never the less, unforgivable in a restaurant of this supposed level. I advised the server that I ordered the lamb rare, he apologized, and advised me that it would take some time to fix. I said no worries, as I am in no rush. My partner proceeded to eat her meal, which I tasted, and it was not memorable. Pigeon in a puff pastry, nothing special, no memorable flavors.
Now comes the most memorable part of the meal, the server brings me 2 pan seared lamb chops, (my original rack had 4 bones). I advised him that my original lamb was a 4 bone rack carved table side. He said "this is the same weight in meat kg" seriously? Besides, one bone was raw and the other medium-well, again! I had a few bites, and sent it back, never to see my rack of lamb.
Final course we ate was the roast duck. This was cooked perfectly, carved table side, sauce had nice flavor, however, it was not a fine sauce, and was thickened with corn starch (which they proceeded to dump in its entirety upon my poor duck beast instead of pouring it around the meat.)
Unfortunately, we were done with this tourist trap and did not stay for dessert, cheese or coffee. In attempt to appease me, two glasses of champagne were given to us free, the lamb and two glasses of wine were taken off the bill.
Upon our exit, we walked through the main dining room, which was bustling with energy and french-speaking customers. Did I mention that all the customers in Siberia with me, except for one table, spoke English??????
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