We booked at the Bistro for our Anniversary meal on the 11 July. Having not visited The town before before we chose this restaurant from the booklet 'Dining in Banff'. However as a long serving reviewer with TA I committed the cardinal sin of not checking the restaurant out first and I'm afraid I regretted that decision. The first impressions were very favourable and we were shown to a lovely table with gorgeous views, our waitress Natalie was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. My companion chose the special which was a Salad followed by Elk, served with red cabbage and mashed potato. Overall she found her meal tasty, having never tasted elk before she'd expected it to taste a bit like venison and was surprised to find the flavour much more gamey. My starter was a Caesar salad which was ok, though I do miss anchovies when they don't make an appearance as they should. I chose Veal escalopes for my main which was served with home made French fries, one slice of red pepper, one small parsnip, and half a carrot, more a garnish than a serving of vegetables. The veal had been fried to the point where it was dry and rather inedible, such a shame for such a beautiful delicate meat. I felt quite short changed.
To console ourselves my companion and I went to the excellent Moo Ice cream shop across the road and had one of their delicious cones. All in all I would have to say that the Bistro Cafe De Paris was overpriced for what we had, and we also found the wine prices fierce compared to UK.
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