For a restaurant of its class with its kind of history, it was overcrowded and noisy the night I was there. I think it had too many covers - hence, the service suffered. I tried to order the 'canard a la presse' which was a classic dish that has been made in this restaurant for some 80 years. Interestingly enough, the maître d' said to me that it would take an hour to make. When I said that it'd be OK, he then said that it would be a bad idea for me to do so as the chef who knew how to make it was not there anymore and the chef there then did not know how to do it. Strange, given that the dish was one of the few a la carte ones on the menu outside of the 'formulas'. The maître d', then successfully 'guided' us to order the 'tasting menu' with 8 courses. When it came to wine, I wanted to order from the wine list. Surely enough the sommelier gave me the same song and dance. So I took the 'formula' menu with wine pairing. it came to some 300 euro per person. Afterwards, I was kicking myself as the wine pairing was weak. I should know as I actually own a vineyard in Bordeaux and has been making wine for the last 20 years.
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