We thought the restaurant looked like a small bistro and the menu was agreeable, oysters, moules, sandwiches, paninis etc., with a set menu with some nice items too. We sat at an outside table as the sun was nice and warm and when the owner eventually came out to take our order with a gruff "What do you want?" He spoke in English even though we were speaking French to him and have never had a problem before! We were taken aback slightly as he was very friendly with the workers who were all happily eating at another table!
We asked for the menu and he immediately told is he had no oysters or mussels (even though the sign says we always have oysters and mussels and the boats that collect these dock opposite the restaurant)! After looking at the menu we decided to have a panini and a plate of frites! No Paninis - out of season!! Ok, we thought what else can we have, I chose a chicken burger with salad and frites, my husband went for the grilled ham and frites!
Our carafe of wine was slammed on the table and followed by the food! The ham had hardly seen a grill, was covered in a cold pepper sauce and came with frites, jacket potatoes (not cooked properly) and salad!! My chicken burger looked better until I tried to eat it, not sure what sort of chicken was in it but not any I have tasted before! The salad on my plate was way past its sell-by date and was very brown and slimy. The frites were ok so I managed to eat those. At this point another English couple came in and sat at one of the tables at the other side of the terrace, the owner was there immediately to serve them and their beef burgers and chips looked much better than our meal had.
So what did we do wrong? I haven't got a clue, we usually have good service in France but this was diabolical !!
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