We often have a hot chocolate/ coffee on the Terrace here- expensive but always worth it since a) you get a couple of macaroons thrown in ,b) it has a great location looking out onto the Croisette and c) the hotel has a nice ambience. We had never eaten there until we saw the scallops and chardonnay offer for Wednesday nights at €49 per person for a 3 course meal, inclusive of 2 glasses of wine. Not only did it look very affordable , but I love scallops!
The meal was excellent: an amuse bouche followed by a soup of scallops , mushroom and artichoke served in a cup with a pastry crust on top. Very well done indeed. Main course was a brochette of scallops topped with chopped calmari and pine-nuts, risotto, some nice small veg and a foam. Again, well presented and tasty. I don't normally eat dessert, but of course you have to when its in the price- and this was very good with an orange mousse on a biscuit base with some white chocolate. Nice setting, good ambience and very good food all at a reasonable price. Great stuff!
Any downside? Well, there was one blemish.I asked the maitre-d (Or one of them: there seemed to be a few) what the Chardonnay was, since my wife does not like the heavily oaked style. "Burgundy" he answered. Great! Trouble was the wine waiter poured me a glass of "Clombard-Ugni Blanc"- which I refused on the basis that it was a scallops and chardonnay night and chardonnay goes well with scallops (not forgetting that neither Colombard nor Ugni Blanc make good wine in France, unless you want to distill it- and yes I know Colombard is better in California and Trebbiano can be OK in Italy etc etc). The wine waiter said he would look for a chardonnay (hard not to miss it on the wine-list I would have thought). He came back with a Vin de Pays D'Oc (Les Jumelles), which was decent and drinkable. He said it was the last bottle of Chardonnay they had, so I might as well drink it all. Since my wife hardly drinks much and I was driving later I did not take him up on his offer, which was a nice gesture. I noted that all the other Scallops and Chardonnay customers there that night were poured the Colombard- Ugni Blance and did not demur. I thought the lack of attention to this kind of detail, when they do this dinner every Wednesday night was quite a black mark for such a hotel (especially with the different proffered ,without comment).
Did it take from our enjoyment? No, it was a very good experience overall and we really did enjoy the food and the occasion. Just don't take your customers for granted in this way, though!
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