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“Disappointed”
Review of L'Assiette - CLOSED

L'Assiette
Price range: $20 - $46
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
shropshire
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed November 11, 2012

I am interested to read the reviews of one of your reviewers who must have been to Assiette a day or two before us. My review almost matches! We also had high expectations because of local reviews, but were really pretty disappointed. We were also keen for some French cuisine, but it wasn't really French at all.
The interior is nicely done, very smart and clean, and the washroom very well appointed, although up a lot of stairs which could be a problem for some. We was pleased to see a jug of iced tap water brought to the table, this is a plus in my view rather than being pressured into buying expensive bottled water. However good restaurants would not leave the wine list on the table, but would offer it, and it wouldn't have plastic sleeving, but perhaps I am being over critical here. We waited for quite a while before we were offered the food menu.
I decided on the cheese spring rolls, thinking that maybe this twist on the Chinese spring roll might be delicate and crisp, however the plate consisted of two huge 'spring rolls' that were too stodgy and filling, and inside was what tasted rather like plain old cream cheese. The fruity salad and sauce however was good, and fresh tasting. My husband had the belly pork which he enjoyed, even if a little tricky to eat as the crackling was so crisp!
Our second courses were also the bream and the duck. We both felt that the main element of these dishes, that is to say the duck breast and the bream fillet were perfectly seasoned and beautifully cooked. However the bream was sadly ruined by the colossal and unnecessary heap of vegetables of every possible sort underneath, which did absolutely nothing to complement the dish and made the presentation of the food a mess. The 'bouillabaisse sauce' poured over was over peppery, and in such a quantity as to make everything soggy, no crisp fish skin and the 'crispy' potatoes - just weren't. Such a shame, as the bream came with a tiny amount of fine julienne strips of celeriac on top, which was delicious, and would have been enough on it's own to complement the bream, with a few mixed leaves perhaps and a small amount of properly seasoned sauce. The duck was perfectly cooked - just right in fact. But was sadly similarly spoilt by an overdose of vegetables and some sort of sauce. The fact that little thought had gone into the presentation of this beautifully cooked duck really let the dish down.
Service was very slow, and we gave up waiting for a dessert, we would have liked coffee but felt this would take forever as well, so we left. There was a lot of wandering round the tables by the waiting staff, and hanging around the till, but no offer of a dessert menu or a check whether we needed anything.
This is a shame as I would really like to wish this restaurant well, it is in a good location and is clearly popular, every table was full. When the staff came to the table they were very courteous and attentive, but simply failed to keep scanning the room for any customers sitting and waiting. I am sure that some attention to detail, staff training and adjustment of the menu would pay off, however I am sad to say that our experience was just not nearly worth the prices being charged.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank blue-gentian
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English first
North London
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“First time - a great discovery”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Having lived in Bournemouth for just over a year and tried approx 15 restaurants, this has to be the best. The decor is modern and relaxing. For starter we had soup and king prawns with calamari. Main course Roast duck and Bream fillet. All dishes were excellent and very nicely presented. We will defininely be back . . . with friends.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank RMMD
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A great disappointment”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

We have been twice before to this restaurant, and had good experiences. This evening was not so good. It started well with starters of cheese spring rolls and prawn and calamari in a sweet chilli sauce. We were not sure of the origin of the sauce, but the calamari was cooked to perfection and the spring rolls I liked, but my wife found too strong; a question of preference.

The main course was bream fillet on vegetables, for us both. The bream was plain cooked and indifferent, placed on a veritable mountain of mixed vegetables, roasted (when?), steamed or boiled and covered with a lacklustre tomato sauce. My thought was, if I had dished this up at home to invited guests, I would have been acutely embarrassed. This was a barely tolerable effort you might throw together at the end of a wet Wednesday if you were seriously out of inspiration and just wanting to get something down your gullet.

The desserts: the cheesecake was stodgy and weak on flavour. The brownie was over-sweet, stale and low in chocolate.

Service was friendly but very slow. Fifty minutes from sitting down to first course. Two hours in total to complete two courses. The American tradition of bringing iced tap-water in a jug as an opener is great, if the tap water is drinkable. Here, it is not.

Aside from that, the loos are spotless, and the provision of toothpicks is unusual but a great idea.

However, when this restaurant first opened, we were thrilled. But tonight was the most disappointing meal of the year.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank Clive B
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London
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“2nd time and just as superb”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

2nd trip to the Bournemouth area and had to make a 2nd visit to this amazing restaurant. The food, service and ambiance is at an incredibly high standard and can't praise it enough.
Just go and see for yourself!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank peterc80
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bournemouth
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great food fab surroundings friendly staff”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

I visited l'assiette with a group of friends. The staff were really attentive and the food was great. The decor is really nice too. We will definitely be going there again!!

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Thank beannie500
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