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“Le Bouchon - a local experience”
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le bouchon
Ranked #53 of 341 Restaurants in Amiens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $37 - $146
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed October 19, 2011

We went here on the advice of the owner of the cafe across from the Mercure, as we asked him for a good place that was truly local. Well, this one is - we went at lunch and it was full, mostly of local businessmen and they seemed to be enjoying themselves no end. It was pretty obvious that many come here all the time. We did want a proper local experience but it was a bit difficult translating the menu as many of the dishes were local specialities so not in our basic French dictionaries. We got the set menu which was good value at €18 and unlike many of the other comments here, we thought the service was very professional. It was hot though, as someone else said and when we were there it wasn't that hot outside.
Unfortunately we ended up not enjoying our meals overall, but still don't regret going. On hindsight should have picked a la carte (though much more expensive) and only had 1 course. Both our starters were nice - but rich - mine was basically cheese deepfried in brick (kind of like philo) the size of your average spring/egg roll with a small side salad. Nice but wow, and then I got pork knuckle with lentils. It was good but again rich and they gave me the whole knuckle, so it was just too much. My husband got the andouille sausage - for those of you who have been (or live in) to New Orleans, this is NOT the one you know and love. It is local and basically is a sausage made of tripe. Now I did try to warn him, as it was in one of our books but he usually eats anything so he went for it (the other option being veal tongue) and was he ever sorry. It did come with a lovely dauphinois but again that was very rich. The sausage was just how you would imagine - must be an acquired taste! Then came the most interesting cheese course which one can only describe as fresh ricotta but then they gave us the most extrodinary sugar shaker (like an antique one) and though I don't like sweet things, once you tasted it with the suger, it lifted it to another level. We were so full but then desert came - me fresh fruit and it was just that so I was happy - nice and light and my husband's pear pudding was really nice too.
So all in all a memorable experience but probably one we wouldn't return to.

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Thank Bridget C
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Reviewed August 31, 2011

I visited this restaurant with my family on a bank holiday and before we all got in and sat, I checked with them that it was ok for us to eat and that they had space, the waitress didn't seem very happy but said it was ok. I wish we hadn't because being a bank holiday, apparently, they only work until 2pm or so and they rushed us through our meal, were incredibly rude and refused to serve us starters so that they could go home early. If they were not prepared to serve us a full meal why on earth did they tell us it was ok to eat there and made us go and find a parking space, get kids out of the car, buggy, etc...? The attitude of the waiting staff was so ourageous, whenever we asked for something (nothing out of this world maybe a fork because mine was missing) she would breathe deeply... don't go there unless you are a masochist!

On top of that I didn't find the food good at all and it wasn't good value for money either..!

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2  Thank marujilla80
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Reviewed January 21, 2011

It was recommended by receptionist of hotel we stayed at. Had 26 euro menu of the day. Was four courses including cheese and some amuse bouche thrown in. Overall meal for two was 108 euro including two beers a bottle of wine and two coffees. About three choices at each course and between the two of us we tried two thirds - all excellent. Not much on wine list under 30 euro per bottle.

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Thank Largesarge1961
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

We had an excellent dinner, the food was superb, well cooked and beautifully presented. I would strongly recommend the lamb, and others in my party were very impressed with their steaks. If you choose one of the menus it is excellent value. The menu is very typical of the region.

However service was not as good as you would expect from a restaurant of this quality. We were perhaps unfortuante in that most of our service was by what was obviously a very new memebr of staff.

Not a problem for us, but very little English is spoken by the staff and all menus are only in French.

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Thank D_loves_holidays
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