We travel all over Canada and Europe, and Mexico. I lived in France, I am French, I love food and the service industry, and this restaurant is repeatedly annoying on all counts. The service is "sticky". I wanted to scream at the three, yes three, waiters that we had, to either bugger off or sit down and join our conversation. The food is boring, and tonight, I can actually say it is tasteless. Skip the Pâté Maison and have a glass of water instead.... Seriously more flavour to the still water. The Greek Salad was... well, Greek Salad, but without the oregano. I guess that would make it too Greek for a French restaurant. But it did have goat cheese instead of feta. Big deal. I'd like to be impressed, but am not. My main course was sablefish... overdone. How can you overcook sablefish, the very definition of tender? And the attempt at a wasabi/pea crust? It tasted like gas, but over salted, served up with some sort of chic pea concoction. Weird. We thought the idea of dessert, a special for two, order in advance, soufflé would save the day. Again, lovely to behold, but where's the flavour? I actually sprinkled a little sugar over it hoping that would help. Nope. And why order in advance? Is it because we were told that the kitchen closes at 9h00 pm (the chef actually goes home on a Saturday night at 9h00 pm?) Do we live in Skookumchuk, or Calgary? The dinner service was so rushed that our reservation for 7 o'clock was finished at 8h00pm. So we had two cups of coffee and a few liqueurs to make the evening worthwhile for the babysitter. A whopping $300 later, we arrived home at 9h00. Seriously, save your money for somewhere special, like, say, Earl's Tin Palace. Better food, better atmosphere, better value. The upside of La Chaumiere? They have magnificent Belgian French baguettes!!!
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