Three years ago a dinner at this restaurant was the surprise of our trip: superb food and service. We've been looking forward to returning to Langres and this restaurant since. We returned a few days ago. Result: a huge disappointment.
Context: four people, two Americans well-traveled in France, two French; two who love to cook and excel at it, all know and appreciate good food and service.
Seated at a huge table, suitable for six or eight, meant conversation was long-distance and somewhat difficult. Fifteen minute wait for menus, had to order the wine twice, server often reached across one of us to serve to another or remove a plate, even though there was plenty of room around the table.
The food: 32€ menu.
Entrée for three of us was "Gambas Madagascar;" two - count 'em - two small gambas each, with some chicken paté of some sort, in a really odd presentation. Main plats for three of us: Sandre, the Loire fish, about 2 oz each. Really. Each serving was about 1 inch by 2 inches by maybe 3/4 of an inch thick. Really. Nothing else on the plate. Tasteless: one of us finished it, two did not. The fourth main plat was duck, served to the Frenchman. When asked how the duck was, he replied, "Not very good. Dry and tasteless." Dessert was the French standby, Nougat glacé. In this case, a round slice about an inch across, with a daub of chocolate cream on top.
In this three course meal, we could not have had more than five ounces of food, and likely less. Maybe it was a good thing the servings were so small, since the quality was so low.
Something has surely changed at this restaurant since three years ago, besides the name. Then we had excellent food, beautifully prepared and served. This time we had badly prepared food, pretentiously presented and badly served. I realize many have had excellent meals here and wish we had, but this was definitely among the poorest meals - and definitely the worst price/value ration - we've encountered in France.
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