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“Nice atmosphere, disappointing food, overpriced”

La Table des Gourmets
Ranked #13,574 of 17,738 Restaurants in Paris
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Les Halles
Reviewed December 17, 2013

The restaurant is located in the 4th Arrondissement, in the basement of a building that was a 12th century chapel. Archaeological excavations during remodeling have brought to light some interesting facts and objects. The atmosphere is quite impressive.

The visible staff consists of a female Chinese boss and two young Chinese waiters, one was very friendly and chatty, while the other one walked around the rows of tables rather dreamily and confused.

We had decided to choose the Menu Gastronomique for 38 Euros (fish soup/salad “Gourmande”, fried duck, crème brulée).
The waiter took our order of fried duck as a main course with the comment “good choice”. After some time the boss came with the message that fried duck was not possible, but "confit de canard" (good choice!) could be offered, which we declined, because you do not want cooked, preserved duck meat, if you look forward to a crispy fried duck.

The fish soup as a starter was a watery broth, of little taste and entirely without fish. The salad "Gourmande" in keeping with its name, was plentiful, but not particularly delicate and tasty, unfortunately the duck paté that came with it had to be left uneaten after the first bite, due to its quite salty and fatty taste.

Some components of the main dish, fried prawns (3 of medium size) served on vegetables on a very full, and therefore too small plate, seemed to not have been completely thawed as the mushrooms were cooked, but ice-cold, and other vegetables were in different stages of heating. The fried prawns perched on top of the vegetables. After peeling, it was, unfortunately, not possible to remove the quite noticeable black intestines easily and completely. In general, the overall composition of the dish did not really fit together.
The beef had been ordered well done, the waiter noted it down, but the cook did not bother in the least to serve it well done, it was rather raw. This dish arrived with a similarly unimaginative vegetable combination as was served with the prawns. Very good indeed in both dishes were the mashed potatoes, actually they were the best part of the entire menu.

About the dessert, crème brulée (good choice again, according to the waiter), one can only say that it was overly sweet and appeared industrially produced.

We did not have wine; it seemed overpriced. Total cost for two for this disappointing "Menu Gastronomique" including a bottle of mineral water: 82,20 Euros. Amazing that the place was packed and we had to wait to be seated.
Proposal to the restaurant team: a range of Chinese dishes might be better than trying to deal with French cooking.

We had found the restaurant by chance and found the atmosphere very nice. If you choose the Classic menu for 18 Euros, maybe the ratio of price/value is more acceptable as the expectations are lower and more easily met. For us, the evening was a gastronomical disappointment and the cuisine was definitely not a good choice!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

The downstairs floor has a fine romantic atmosphere and our waiter was nice, polite and interesting to talk to, but the food was tasteless.

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Thank Maria_Amundsen
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

A Parisian friend recommended this restaurant- great food, beautiful place, good value. My friends and I loved it! Owned by a Chinese family, but excellent French food.

Thank Teresa E
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Reviewed July 2, 2008

Good value for money, delicious traditional French food, friendly owners and a dining room in the underground 12 th century vault! A good place for families with children, especially teenagers. Don't be put off by the entrance to the restaurant; it's tacky. Very convenient location off of Rue de Rivoli near Chatelet metro station.

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