I find its always a good sign when a French restaurant sticks to the classics and offers Ricard in its aperitifs.
Wine was reasonable money for good quality.
Onion soup and petit cassoulet were our tables favourites starters followed by the steak, moulles and scallop thermidor( a new on us but we'll done).
Lido (?) the softly spoken French waiter/maitre'd was the star though and for a mixed table of 7 we all left feeling very well looked after indeed. Nothing too much trouble, allergies and special combinations accommodated with an easy smile - service as it should be from time when it was the norm - thank you.
Our 5 year old niece was part of the party, she was part of the conversation and loved the medium rare filet prepared by chef for her. There was giggling and movement around the table - we ate at at 7 and left at 930. Apparently another table complained at the noise and disruption - I apologise if we spoiled someone else's enjoyment of this great spot however if we had the taken the ferry east to the continent rather than west to Isle of Man I'm not so sure there would be need for such sensitivity...have we really created a segregated society where children are to be kept in the anonymous international food chains whilst the "good" places are the sole domain of the grown ups?
Enough social commentary, great restaurant if you have the chance go and grab a taste of Montmatre in Douglas (particularly if staying at the Regency given its just a few doors down)
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