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“Bland, stuffy, forgettable.”

La Locanda del Notaio
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Paris, France
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Bland, stuffy, forgettable.”
Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

Let me qualify this review with the fact that I've maybe been to a total of 2 Michelin starred restaurants in my life (both in paris), and I've never liked this kind of dining experience anyway.
However id have assumed that you could expect nothing short of great tasting food using stellar produce at any Michelin starred restaurant..
But apparently, not this one!

We stayed at the hotel (beautiful surrounds, basic, clean rooms) and felt obliged to at least try the restaurant the first night.
I ordered the Salmon trio for appetizer, rabbit for entree, and pork for main.
Although edible, all 3 were exceptionally bland and under seasoned.
In fact the rabbit and the pork didn't have a scratch of salt or pepper (that I could taste, and I don't like alot of seasoning anyway!)
The salmon trio was very simple: grilled, smoked and tartare.
The tartare was seasoned in alot of soy sauce, and the other 2 portions of the trio very "basic" in it's flavor and presentation. Nothing new here.
The rabbit was plain, and very bland, accompaied by 3 grilled peppers (delicious..but why wouldn't they be..)
The the pork was also plain, and I can't remember what it was served alongside but it also was bland, and evidently forgettable.

The service, although a bit stuffy was excellent. No complaints there.
The atmosphere is nice if you sit near the garden (can be cold at night, dress appropriately) but otherwise the space was overlit, and lacked music/ambiance.
This makes things awkward overall and myself and my fellow diners were pretty keen to skip dessert and leave.

I've travelled a lot, eaten at a lot of places, however im not in any way a food snob. I just enjoy fresh, quality food that's tasty. Regardless of the price, or award winning michelin status!

  • Visited August 2013
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Paris
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Delight on a mountain top”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is an enchanting restaurant in a pretty garden setting on the road through the mountains between Lakes Como and Lugano. The food is very imaginative as well as delicious, the staff are helpful, charming and highly professional, and the excellent wine list includes a large number of very reasonably priced wines. When the bill arrived we were very pleasantly surprised at how modest it was. I can't wait to return.

  • Visited June 2013
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Melbourne
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

An unexpected quality restaurant in the hills of lake como
Three visits and looking forward to the next
Very high quality food, service is excellent as well as appropriately friendly
Property and garden is lovely would be somewhere nice to stay
Recommend it as the experience is more than, good food and service, it is generous in attention to detail and genuine care
Love the food

  • Visited June 2013
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Ulm, Germany
Level 6 Contributor
150 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“fine food in a small restaurant”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The crew was helpful and attentive. The menu was straightforward with 3 set menus to choose from and elements of them on the a la carte list. The dishes were creative, fresh and the size of the portions adequate to not feel overstuffed at the end (i am a good eater normally).Hoewever the rule that the table has to order the same set menu is a little bit inflexible given that my wife wanted meat and i liked the fish menu better. So we had to compromise instead of the kitchen.

Visited September 2012
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Tel-Aviv, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“If you are in Lugano area this is where you'd like to eat”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

We took the chef menu, the food was excellent and they have a nice wine menu very reasonably priced.

Visited August 2012
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