We visited Le Lounge with two friends at the end of July for dinner. We all had the Menu (starter and mains) and as has been commented on by another reviewer, the portions were very good.
Two of the party had Foie Gras mi-cuit as their starter and said it was THE best they ever tasted. It was incredibly tender and melt in the mouth. On of our guests had the charcuterie plate and was pleasantly surprised at the quantity and quality of it. I had the salmon tartare which I'd had on a previous occasion and thoroughly enjoyed on both occasions. It is served with a nicely dressed salad. And, of course, there is bread served throughout the meal.
For mains, I opted for the Magret de Canard which was cooked beautifully deep pink and was very tender, as it should be. Two of the party had the fillet steak which was perfect - a point and well cooked as requested. It was served with a ratatouille and was well received. Our fourth ordered lamb and while it was delicious, the accompaniment was rather spartan so we ordered a plate of chips to have with it.It took thirty five minutes to get the chips. They arrived when everyone had finished their meal and so, naturally, were only picked at because they were there. And it took two reminders to get them.
None of us had dessert but we did order wine with our meal. For the drinkers, it was very frustrating as it took almost half an hour for the wine to arrive. When the waitress was reminded, she said she'd get it immediately, but it took another twelve to fifteen minutes to arrive.
Interestingly despite the fact that we spend a number of months in France every year and have had no problems in any other other restaurants when ordering in French, our waitress feigned misunderstanding of what had been said. This was very irritating as we can shop, book hotels, order food and drink in other restaurants, watch French (and only French) television, read French newspapers and have been complimented by other restaurant staff and proprietors. And I don't think we were ordering anything particularly unusual.
It's a shame as the food was really good and it's well situated on Place de la Republique in the centre of Limoux. There was a folk festival on that night and we were able to watch from our table. If the staff attitude were nicer, Le Lounge would have been getting a five star review.
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