We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Some good food but could do better” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Histoire ancienne

Histoire ancienne
Ranked #5 of 149 Restaurants in Calais
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $27 - $43
Cuisines: French, European
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Histoire Ancienne restaurant in Calais is a classic bistro with 1930���s art deco d��cor, fresco painting that recalls Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha prints, traditional zinc bar, tables laid in white linen, harlequin floor and open fireplace where local fish and meats are grilled. So far, so intriguing. Patrick Comte is a fourth-generation chef who trained in some of Paris��� most superb restaurants, including Le Crillon and Prunier, and here uses the finest local ingredients in inventive dishes like duck tartare with comfit tomatoes and parmesan shavings, grilled sea bream marinated in lemon, coriander and ginger. Order the warm chocolate cake with molten interior with pistachio cream at the beginning of your meal. There���s a proper vegetarian menu, too.
South of England
Level Contributor
83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Some good food but could do better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

I really liked this restaurant for its service and atmosphere and for some of its food. But for us the excellent cooking is let down by the balance of the dishes. We chose a crab bisque for starters and the flavour was excellent, however it was a very large bowl and accompanied by cheese on toast on skewers. The combination of flavour was lost on us and made it a very rich starter. For my main course I had the Confit of Duck. It was probably my fault for choosing two very rich dishes but this turned out to be a confit of duck leg then grilled which had the effect of crispy duck without the spice. On its own this would have been fine, perhaps with a salad or some light sauce, but it was accompanied by potatoes dauphinoise with cheese and a tarragon cream sauce. All together it didn't work as a dish but each element was really well cooked and excellent in its own right.
We choose from the al a carte menu because the set menu at 29 Euros didn't have a great choice and two out of the four main courses had a 5.90 euro supplement as had a couple of the starters. I really don't like set menus with supplements its either an inclusive price or its not. Looking around the restaurant everyone seemed to be enjoying their meals and mine was the only half eaten food I saw, so it may be that I just chose badly on the menu. The service was excellent and the staff genuinely concerned that I returned food, so it is certainly a place I would try again.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank Maisieandjazzie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

733 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    452
    218
    47
    12
    4
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Trinidad
Level Contributor
65 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“expected better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

The owner tries hard and some parts are good. But we had a roast rib too tough to eat and I don't expect that I n this class of restaurant. Again they tried hard to make up and were lovely people....but !! My son had a lovely monkfish so its maybe a poor choice of meal, it seems Europe does not have good meat??

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Tonyrjohnson
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
185 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“As wonderful as ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

This restaurant never fails to please,the staff are very pleasant and welcoming and the food up to its usual high standard.Well worth a visit if in Calais but do book in advance as it can be full.Will hopefully revisit in future.Well done keep up the standard.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank Eddy D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hadleigh, Essex
Level Contributor
27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A Happy Return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We had eaten at Histoire Ancienne last year, and thought we must return, so we made a booking via email. The meal we had did not disappoint, the food was brilliant as previously experienced, the service was attentive and allowed plenty of time to eat a wonderful meal with a very nice wine. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
If you want to enjoy a meal from the a la carte menu it will most likely be the best meal of the year!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Mike T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Calais Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

We went to have lunch and thought it was wonderful. We had the set menu and the food was really good. Very French atmosphere, relaxed and top quality.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Anne W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Histoire ancienne also viewed

Calais, Pas-de-Calais
Calais, Pas-de-Calais
 
Calais, Pas-de-Calais
 
Calais, Pas-de-Calais
Calais, Pas-de-Calais
 

Been to Histoire ancienne? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing