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“OK, But Not Great” 3 of 5 stars
Review of La Nina

La Nina
11 rue Vigarozy, 09500 Mirepoix, France
+33 (0)676328050
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Ranked #23 of 27 Restaurants in Mirepoix
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Sydney
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“OK, But Not Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Mirepoix mid-week and out-of-season is a tough place for anyone wanting to eat out. All bar two restaurants were shut. Unable bear the thought of another meal at L'Imperial (see my review when I get around to it), we went to La Nina twice. Both times we were greeted by a warm welcome and cluttered but oddly attractive decor. The food was not good, and I don't understand the chef's abiding commitment to dried oregano. The damn stuff was everywhere! The foie gras was fine, but presented on top of a salad dressed with an acidic dressing that just did not work. The lasagne was acceptable but lacked a good bechamel sauce and the steak was what I think is called minute steak in Australia - a cheap cut of meat beaten into submission - accompanied by bad chips and yet more salad and dried oregano.

On the up side, the crepes were very good, as was the coffee.

Finally a plea to the management: Don't let the staff member who coughed into her cupped hands (good) most of the evening cut the bread (bad). Even better, put a cloth over the loaves. And buy better bread. It was close to stale.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Terrible Chef”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

I really wanted to like La Nina. We arrived with expectations of unpretentious, simple food, much like that served at the vast majority of eateries in the south of France in this price range. Having spent holidays in the southern French countryside for around 14 years, I believe we have a reasonably good idea of what is an acceptable standard of food in this region.

The good points: cosy decor, broad menu choices, absolutely fantastic service and welcome from the young man on duty that evening.

The bad points: the food was the worst I've ever been served in a restaurant.

Starter was a baked Camembert & ham salad. I couldn't make my way through more than a third of it as there was a very unpleasant ammonia aftertaste that left my throat sore every time I tried the ham. It must have been old or a bad batch, either way it was impossible to eat.

Main course was pasta for me, which was lacking two of the ingredients listed on the menu and had no seasoning at all. Plus there was a LOT of dried oregano all over it, which was crunchy and not entirely pleasant. My husband had steak with chips and salad. The salad was full of raw beansprouts, the chips were frozen, the steak wasn't sealed so there was a large, raw, cold lump of fatty meat at one end that wasn't edible, and the Roquefort sauce was revolting...it was grey/beige, watery yet lumpy, and tasted really weird and earthy.

It's such a shame that this cute, cosy, friendly place has a terrible chef...the woman in question looked like a family member, which may be why she's in the position. Unfortunately it also means that she is likely to be cooking there regularly, so my recommendation is to go elsewhere until another chef takes her place. I hope the owners of La Nina are reading so that they can improve the food so that it matches the lovely surroundings. Fingers crossed!

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“Good honest food and wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

The chef does have a bit of an obsession with oregano but the food is still really good.
We had duck and steak and it was really well cooked, great portion sizes and then two fabulous deserts to follow.
For two 3 course meals and 2 glasses of lovely red wine in a great location 30 euros!!!
Would definately go again.

Visited August 2012
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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“Really Bad Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Just plain bad food. Salads were sliced iceberg lettuce overwhelmed with dried oregano. Pizzas were mediocre; tomato sauce had way too much sugar. The pasta Bolognese was inedible; also way too sweet. Cotes d'agneau thin and overcooked, accompanied by haricots verts so overcooked as to be mushy and baked potatoes covered with cheese and herbs were too dry to enjoy. The wine was good (Cahors for 15 Euros) and the service friendly but slow and inattentive.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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