We picked this restaurant for an authentic Parisian meal on the one evening we had in Paris based on its TA reviews and location.
What a horrible mistake.
The place is a charming, if cramped bistro. It was packed with locals when we arrived, and we were seated at the only free table close to the door. Given the cheery din of French dinner conversation and the intimate, unpretentious feel we were really expecting something great.
The menu is in French only, and is found on a chalkboard hung on the wall and a menuboard placed in front of the bar. I translated most of the menu to my girlfriend, but hoped the waiter would fill in the blanks. As has been mentioned, no English is really spoken here. Fine, but the waiter was positively insulting to my girlfriend, insistently speaking French in a rude, pushy way to here although she clearly did not speak the language. My queries in French about this or that dish were met with what I can only describe as derision. I asked if the place had a Traminette or Gewurtztraminer. The waiter, who should have understood these requests, did not, and replied by asking if I wanted a red or white wine.
The waiter continued being pushy about the menu, not giving us any time to discuss or for me to translate. We rather hurriedly settled on duck confit and beef onglet. I ordered two glasses of the house white.
Five minutes later one glass was poured. The second glass was only poured after a reminder and a several minute wait.
Our entrees were both served with cold dice potatoes and small salads with overpowering balsamic dressing. The onglet was not tough and tasteless. The confit was greasy and devoid of spice or flavor.
We witnessed the same rude behavior to another guest, a Russian woman who we translated for. The waiter spoke French over the woman's protests that she didn't understand, insulted her for wanting a salad (what, is your son a vegetarian), and ridiculed her when she asked that her onglet (I should have warned her!) be cooked because it was too tough. She asked for a glass of orange juice, and was corrected "No, jus d'orange!". I really can't understand this kind of behavior from an establishment that has built a reputation and a solid ranking based on reviews from foreigners. And I spoke French throughout the evening with our waiter, so it's not just an issue of language.
In the end, we were outraged by the waiter's rude, overbearing behavior toward ourselves and other foreign guests. The food was simply awful and overpriced - 60 EUR for an evening that was tasteless in all senses of the word. Foreign guests, please avoid this establishment for one that takes some care and pride with both its food and service.
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