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“Should be Better!”
Review of Chez Jeannette

Chez Jeannette
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New City, NY
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Should be Better!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

We have eaten here a second time--to give it a chance. The setting is charming and eccentric, posters and trinkets placed around the room---but unfortunately, the food is not impressive or even really good. One can see the owner/chef whipping up things in the kitchen but whatever comes out of there is not so great. The ingredients don't seem fresh or even decent quality.
The first time we ate at here there wasn't any electricity in the area and we had been refused at the restaurant where we had reserved.
When we walked in Chez Jeannette, the owner's family was having lunch, and they all turned and stared at us and didn't say bonjour or anything, just kept staring---no one got up. So we thought maybe we had wandered into the wrong place or at the wrong time.... even though there were a couple of other tables with customers. I had to ask if they were open for lunch, and so they were.
We had the "menu du jour" which I believe was 13 euros. She proceeded to cook our steaks in the fireplace because of the lack of electricity (I think).
I have no memory of anything else we ate at that meal, but of course like all the steaks in the region, they were tough. But we sort of were charmed, in spite of the freezing atmosphere, and having to eat in our coats and hats. And in spite of the grandkids tearing around on plastic motorcycles...
So we tried it again this past summer.. We walked in at a normal lunch hour and again, there was a stare as if to say "why are you here??" Again the "menu du jour", the entree was a iceberg lettuce salad and a vegetable soup that seemed to taste as though the original soup had been removed and then water was added to the pot..
For the main course, we were served a unique dish (to us) of cuttle fish, potatoes and olives in a white wine sauce. "Seiche a la Rouille" Apparently it is a regional specialty. It was OK. We had cheese, and then a bowl of fresh fruit for dessert.. which she encouraged us to eat.. plenty of apricots etc.. The pitcher wine was terrible!
The value is good but the quality is not. We won't go back.

  • Visited July 2013
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