We would try really hard to find something positive to say about the place, though it is not easy. Well, the booking process was quite smooth. If you e-mail the establishment using the 'contact-us' button on their Web site, you get the confirmation in no time (time differences considering). If you have a special request, e-mail "Attention Nadia." Not sure why the reservations were needed though; we have been there on a weekday night, and about 30% of seats were vacant. Maybe it's different for weekends or busier seasons.
Great location, in the midst of the busy and bustling Quartier Latin, opening to rue Saint-Jacques. And there is no entrance fee, but you will have to order something, either a meal or (as in our case) a bottle of wine or other drinks.
That is about all positive we got. The service was quite acceptable, even friendly. But the show itself was a mismatch on an amateurish level. We could still see how Aux Trois Mailletz is viewed more favorably by our fellow travelers; is is still more authentic than the glitzy and corny tourist venues such as Moulin Rouge. But we honestly never felt any difference between Mailletz and some sub-quality bar elsewhere. The 11 PM show opened with a Spanish band of a street-music style and quality; it was followed by a series of bland atop-the-table dancing by Mailletz's employees, who could have easily been the place's patrons gone 'wild.' After an hour or so, and upon finishing our bottle of wine, we started heading home. The waitress begged us to stay promising 'an Oriental dance', whose performers pitifully looked like some bad-taste cruise entertainers.
Maybe it was our unlucky night; we really want to believe so and wish the proprietors and performers the best of luck. But as it was, quite undeserving a visit.
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