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“Nothing special for European prices” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Villa Vanille

Villa Vanille
Ranked #28 of 187 Restaurants in Antananarivo
Cuisines: European, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
The Hague, The Netherlands
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553 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 558 helpful votes
“Nothing special for European prices”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2011

The first week on my arrival in Tana we went to Villa Vanille, its housed in an old house at one of the main crossings in Tana. The Restaurant looks ok, the service was ok and even the food wasn't that bad, but..... you are in Madagascar and for the price we had to pay i had expected more... In comparison to other restaurants in Tana this one simply would not end up in my top 4 of best restaurants in Tana.

  • Visited September 2010
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“disappointed and "ripped off"”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2011

We have been to Villa Vanille twice, once on Christmas Day (December 2010) and then again on Valentine's Day...admittedly, both holidays and perhaps not 100% representative of the day to day service. Both holidays had a set menu with two or three choices for the appetizer, main course, and dessert.

Christmas Day we found the service and price were reasonable, and the food was good. Valentine's Day was a disaster. The service was terrible, although we were seated right away (we had reservations), after that we rarely received any attention from the waiters. It seemed as if several waiters had called in sick, or they booked WAY too many people. No mention from the hostess about a shortage of wait staff. Maybe the economy has forced them to try and squeeze the wait staff while maximizing the number of customers?

We ordered the "set" menu which was shown on the menu as being 30,000 MGA for two people (approx US $15.00). We also ordered the holiday drink which was a whole pineapple with a rum concoction inside and two straws. Given that it was a holiday, we were not in a rush and were extra patient with the wait staff. Once the pineapple arrived and we ordered, the waiter took nearly 45 minutes to get back to us. He brought the appetizer on one plate, which seemed reasonable at the time. The French hostess came by to let us know that the main course would take awhile...she was pleasant enough. About an hour later, the main course arrived....one plate and an extra empty plate...so we are supposed to share the main course? (Keep in mind my partner is a Malagasy who is fluent in French, English, and Malagasy-so there were no misunderstandings with the menu or the wait staff). Again, it was set menu with limited choices, so we were not ordering a la carte. We looked around and saw other tables with the same setup. The portion size was fairly small even for a single plate, but not wanting to spoil the evening, we went along with it. What little food was served was very tasty, but even if I wasn't sharing I would have left hungry.

After another hour, dessert arrived. We had ordered the souffle and seen many served throughout the evening. When ours arrived, we found it was a dish of whipped cream with a shot of chocolate syrup! We asked the waiter who told us it was a "souffle glace"....needless to say we were stunned.

The final blow was when we received the bill.....60,000 MGA! Yes, 30,000 MGA PER person! We asked if it was correct and were asked by another French hostess, "the food wasn't enough?". We paid and took the whole experience as a joke.

I would seriously consider choosing another venue if you are looking for a pleasant dining experience in Antananarivo.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Mateo, CA
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food, very nice ambience and music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2010

They have a large menu with a good mix of Malagesy and French dishes. The food was pretty good but the live singing (a duet) was even better!

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank alliemacq
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