We tried Auberge du Port one lunchtime, lured in by the formule du midi 2 course lunchtime offer, which offers good value compared to the high prices in the evening.
The setting is smart, on the promenade front. Once seated, it becomes very hard-sell – no mention of the lunchtime special offer unless you ask, and they try and up-sell the more expensive options and a glass of champagne (at 13-14 euros each). They also try hard to sell the fish on ice from a stand which is walked around the restaurant all through the lunchtime service - all big prices.
As soon as we chose the formule du midi our waitress lost interest. Service was austere and for the first time during the whole week no-one enquired if everything was ok with our meal.
We had a nice piece of tuna, but it was served with a strange sweet potato mash and stir-fried vegetables including seaweed, with sweet chilli sauce – it didn’t quite work.
The dessert which had been advertised on the black board, moelleux au chocolat was replaced by a pretty but tasteless sponge dessert – no mention of the change, no apology and at that point it was wiped off the blackboard.
Interestingly we had eaten a wide variety of food all week without any problems but later that day and the next day we both suffered with very unhappy stomachs.
A disappointing experience and a reminder to stick to the small independent bistros which deliver much better food and customer service.
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