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Review of A La Duchesse Anne

A La Duchesse Anne
Ranked #101 of 377 Restaurants in Saint-Malo
Price range: $44 - $175
Cuisines: French, European, Gastropub
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
“Congratulation!!!!!!!!!!”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

We have dinner this weekend to the duchess anne as we make it every year for soon 28 years. Duchess Anne offered herself a refreshment for 2012 and it is very well to (her). Young and dynamic staff, with always to recognize us our good old waiter.
The food is always so excellent, we take for a long time the same thing, the mackerels in the white wine, and turbotin poached for two, without forgetting the delicious Tatin pie with its mountain of cream. The wine list has to evolve and it is not without regret. A particular great point on the service and the possibility of seeing what takes place in the kitchen. We like this atmosphere as "at the house".
A single negative point toilet to the floor. In my age it becomes difficult to drag his carcass!!
We shall return I still hope for it during years

  • Visited December 2012
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London, UK
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very Poor for the price...”
Reviewed November 30, 2012

I recently visited this restaurant with my mother who use to eat there many years ago with my father. We took my mum as a trip down memory lane, and I think now it may have been better left as a memory.

The hostess was very nice, but the service was lapse. The food was average, and certainly way below what I would expect for the price.

We opted for the €79 menu. It started with some tasty little samples, such as a tiny soup, which was very nice. This was accompanied by a glass of champagne. We asked for white but the wine waiter suggested that we have rose. Was this to save opening another bottle? Next up was the entree. I had Palourdes Farcies, which is cooked clams in garlic butter, and is said to be the pride of any French coastal town, especially in Brittany. The garlic sauce was delicious but the clams had no taste. The main course arrived, and it was lobster cooked in Duchesse Anne style. This was surprisingly tasteless, but worst of all the waiter took the claws away and made us wait for quite a long time before finally returning them for us to eat. The desert was a strawberry thing that was delicious. I would not say the food was terrible but for the price it should have been much better.

The children's menu is a little pathetic, but this seems common in better restaurants in France. The choice was either a steak and chips or a filet of fish and chips. I don't understand why the food offered to children would change in a better restaurant. My child likes the usual kids food such as chicken nuggets and chips, pizza and the usual. To charge over €15 for a child's meal is a little outrageous. But worse still, we ordered the steak, and asked for it well done, but the chef clearly doesn't know how to cook a piece of meat. The steak came out with the outside chargrilled (do children like that burnt taste, because mine doesn't) but the inside was almost completely rare. How hard is it to cook a steak?

The service was lapse. The hostess who welcomed us and showed us to the table was very nice. The wine waiter was very abrupt and wasn't around to top up our glasses most of the time, forcing us to do it ourselves. The food waiter at one point dropped off a plate of food without saying a word. a few minutes later he came and grabbed it and served it to the people on the table next to us. This is terrible. They have no idea if we had tried it or anything. Finally a chef who can't cook a steak correctly can't be that good can he?

I can appreciate that this restaurant was once an example of fine french dining. But now I think it is an over priced place with average food and staff who put on a decent show, but actually have no idea. They didn't lose their michelin star for no reason......

Ultimately you can get much better value and food elsewhere, so save your money, and have no regrets.

  • Visited October 2012
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Price/Quality in Balance”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Have dined here every now and then, but on 12 November 2012 we were very pleasantly surprised.....maybe the loss of the coveted Michelin star has proved to be the removal of the Sword of Damocles from hanging over their head.
This time the food was totally correct and classic (we ate Foie Gras, Clams served in the classic Snails style with butter, garlic and parsley, sole (expertly fileted at the table), and veal kidneys. The service was good and friendly. The wine was also reasonably priced (and they were open on a Monday !)

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank Bodger00
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Jerusalem, Israel
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“No depreciation”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Thirty years apart, La Duchesse Anne still provides a feeling that old style France charm will retain Gloria Mundi for ever, as the last time we ate there prior to this September was September 1982. The difference was paid in Euro rather than Francs, not in quality nor dining experience.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Nimrod l
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Once our favourite but no longer top of our list”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Always expensive, always good and an experience but for us the edge has gone off. We love Saint-Malo and we did love La Duchese Anne but it dropped off its pedestal when we visited in September. The food is still good but we don't like leaving a restaurant with that feeling that we've overpaid for what we've had.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Peter B
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