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“Le Bouchon's poor cousin”
Review of Orchis - CLOSED

Orchis
Price range: $10 - $27
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Outdoor Seating
Fanjeaux, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Le Bouchon's poor cousin”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

Quite why you would eat here, with Le Bouchon just round the corner beats me. But we felt guilty for our lack of imagination having returned to the same restaurant again and again over the past months during our fleeting visits to wonderful Montpellier. We needn't have bothered and will most likely be found at the Le Bouchon (again) sometime soon. The fact that the two restaurants shared a waiter and had the same Viognier on the wine list made us enquire: indeed it is owned by the same people. Yet for some reason the Moules-heavy menu has not received the same attention or care. True enough, the setting is different, affording a view onto a lovely church and its steps upon which a varied crowd congregates, yet even this view was slightly spoilt first by the sounds of a rhythmically challenged cuban street musician and then by the police's efforts (four cops, one cuban) to stop him. It wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good.

There are indeed many, many better places in the area.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
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English first
Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Do not eat here... (unless you speak French)”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

...there are plenty of better places in Montpellier.

We sat down when the terrace was empty at about 19:30, in a group of 12 people, out of which nobody spoke French.

We were still sitting there waiting to get served our main courses at 22:00. The food arrived cold and when -- after the incredibly long wait nobody was hungry anymore.

We were the last ones to leave the restaurant, since after asking to split the bill we had to stand in line at the bar to pay separately (which took the best part of 30 minutes). No apology, no discount was offered for the extremely long wait.

We experienced the worst service in the whole of Montpellier. And the wait was not worth the food, which was of mediocre quality.

You have been warned: do not eat here unless you plan to wait hours before getting some food.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Unhappy T
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La Rochelle, France
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167 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Very good food and choice, but it takes time!”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

we had a so so experience in this restaurant. We wait quite a long time for starters (1h) and for the main fish (the same), so we were in bad shape. But the quality of the meals was nice (meat, mussels) with good products and nice cooking. I only suggest to ad more people at the kitchen to prepare these meals. service was nice. As we were quite angry, the staff offered us more wine and coffee, a friendly act.

  • Visited June 2013
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worst service”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Terrible service, but some dishes are decent. Had a dreadful experience with a fish soup.. And don't look at the desert selection..

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Thank Saireul
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Ottawa, Canada
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great location, very good food, good prices and terrible service”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Orchis has one of the most charming terraces in Montpellier. The food is your standard bistrot fare but done very well. Unfortunately, service was terrible. First warning sign: couple who arrived five minutes after us were given menus and their orders taken before us (not a huge deal, I guess, but one of my big restaurant pet peeves). Alarm: waiter, the same one who kept us waiting, dropped a basket of bread and a tray of entrees (separately) while we were waiting for our main course. It was almost comically clumsy except the resulting food mess led to an invasion of nearby pigeons which seriously compromised the rest of our meal. Final red flag: all of this may be excusable but when our steaks finally came they were luke warm (at best) so they had obviously been sitting around too long while the disorganized clumsy were attending to other business. I still give the restaurant three stars because I'm slightly forgiving if the food is good and because this may have been just the case of one terrible waiter.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank sheinwald049
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