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“Expensive, great ambience, good service, food disappointing”

Le Rabelais Restaurant
Ranked #47 of 279 Restaurants in Da Lat
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Byron Bay, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Expensive, great ambience, good service, food disappointing”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

We stayed in the hotel, The Dalat Palace, so felt we should try the restaurant for dinner at least once. The service is great, waiters attired in fancy jackets. The atmosphere and lake views are good too. The food is poor, and expensive and not worth it. Unofrtunately we didnt have much luck in Dalat with food. The cafe de la Postes around the corner is better value.

  • Visited January 2012
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Vietnamese first
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English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
256 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“So daggy it was cool!”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

We had High Tea here and it was quite fun! It's served from 3 until 5 and we were the only people there; which is a bit of a shame.
The room is beautifully restored from the French era and enjoys a wonderful view over the lake. Service is all formal with the finest china and all of that razzmatazz.
The price is high for Vietnam, about $15 per person for a pot of tea (really good quality and you choose from a selection), sandwiches (cucumber, egg, etc) and about 10 little yummy deserts.
Come and enjoy a bit of what Dalat would have been like in the early 1900's, enjoy the grounds and their lovely view and have your photo taken in the funny old fashioned car out the front. (I'll give you a tip, the car is an old VW beetle, just extended!)

  • Visited December 2011
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
496 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
“Good for a splash”
Reviewed October 4, 2011

We dropped on for lunch today and after a small party left soon after we had the place to ourselves. I simply stunningly beautiful old world hotel impeccable restored.

We had one business lunch of salad, beef and a tart & I had the salad and pasta. Meals were small but nice and about $25/ head. More a place to go to enjoy the venue. They do high tea and dinner would be nice pending the food is good but as we had small child we decided on the lunch. Compared to home country this was ok value in a stunning property.

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Thank ScambusterSZ
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Hanoi, Vietnam
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Must-see restaurant in Dalat”
Reviewed April 3, 2011

Unbelievably gorgeous restaurant in Dalat's most beautiful hotel - The Dalat Palace. Extremely classy place with an unbeatable view of the lake and surrounding countryside. Obviously a bit pricey (it's a 5 star hotel), but can be enjoyed even on a budget if you stop by for coffee or an afternoon drink on the terrace. Food is decent, though not exceptional. Take a tour of the hotel while you're there. (Probably best not to go in flip flops or jeans - it's a very classy place... best to put on your best clothes for this place.)

  • Visited February 2011
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Brisbane, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
233 reviews
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“Beautiful restaurant, mediocre food”
Reviewed December 14, 2010

Had dinner at this restaurant tonight. After reading the short blurb in the Lonely Planet, we were keen to give it a try. We ordered the degustation menu at $85 per person. This was a little more expensive than we expected, however a degustation at a top restaurant in our city would cost significantly more than this so we decided to go for it.

While the restaurant interior is very classy and has a great atmosphere (it is inside the Palace Dalat hotel) when we first arrived they were playing some curious electronic ambient muzak which did not really fit the setting. However at 7pm the pianist arrived and started to play some quite beautiful classical music, but this soon gave way to renditions of 80s and 90s love songs more at home in your local shopping mall than a high end luxury hotel.

Sadly, the best thing about the food was the bread and butter. Probably the best bread and butter we have had in Vietnam (and Australia) but this could not justify the price tag. Many of the dishes were on the bland side. Presentation was fairly average and some looked quite sloppy. The fish in red pepper sauce was uninspiring. The lamb was a little undercooked. The asparagus soup was a bit bland. The goats cheese was served with some crackers which were very similar to Cheds. For what should be a showcase of flavours and technique, this was almost side walk cafe stuff. I think if you are going to have a degustation menu, you need to have dishes that display technique, skill and innovation. The wine list was a bit disappointing and there were no wines matched to the various dishes. This, however, was not a concern to us but may disappoint those looking for a fine dining experience.

The service was friendly and nonpretentious which was refreshing. But it is being let down by the food.

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