What a difference a year makes. I had previously dined at this restaurant and was very excited about it. Well, last night´s experience was nowhere close to the first one. To start with my dining partner and I were seated on a table normally reserved for six people even though a week before I had personally been in the restaurant and pointed to the table I would have liked to have (and was assured to have it). Upon enquiring about the fact that the table was given to another couple, the waiter initially tried to suggest that we were late - which we were not - and when I pointed out that we were actually right on time, he simply said dismissively, "oh well". Not a simple apology. Nothing. I thought the night didn´t start very well but I was hoping that the service and the quality of the food would compensate. It was not meant to be. After about 20 minutes of waiting for someone to come take an order, I literally had to call one of the waiters to get her attention. Now we are talking about a Monday evening, past 9pm, when the restaurant was not overcrowded and most of the guests had already finished, or were close to finishing, their dinner. I did point out that we were not very satisfied with the service and was told to be patient. At least this one smiled. And so we ordered two glasses of champagne as an aperitif. They arrived ... in red wine glasses. The food also arrived a little later. My starter - noix de saint jacques - sealed the night as one definitely below par. Three measly, overgreasy pieces (for 16 euros) which did nothing to change the impression thus far. My main - fish - was better, but my partner´s (duck) was rather hard and "rubbery". At least the wine was decent. Final bill: 161 euros for a disappointing service and quality of food, without dessert or coffee (though to be fair, a part of it pertained to the wine). Not likely to be going there again in a hurry.
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