It’s difficult to review a fine restaurant when completely different spectrums go all in one review for such a place. Just thinking about going to Lake Wales FL in the first place just might have your head scratch that is if you ever heard of the place to begin with? Just think 30 miles southwest of Disneyworld and you will have an idea of exactly how far away Chalet Suzanne is from anything with major (visiting) significance, save Lego Land or the interesting but short visit to Bok Tower.
Chalet Suzanne has an amazing rustic setting, it’s nearly put together perfectly for a quiet + romantic visit. Once you drive down the very narrow and even curvier road to get to this hidden restaurant you notice right away just how old this place really looks, but in a good way; a paved brick parking lot, old style windows and very unusual shape of the small building itself can be seen.
Inside is where the real ambient treat begins. Old wood floors, creaking, covered with tired rugs and many decorations difficult for the eyes to pinpoint anywhere in the entrance area. After walking down the small corridor of eye popping trinkets you will find the small seating area, with the main inside area overlapping a marsh like lake. There is just enough lighting to see in front of you and hold a good mode setting. I did very much like the pianist; slow ballads and very good use at creating the mode.
This is a fine cuisine restaurant; any customer should expect unforgettable + unusual dishes. Chalet Suzanne does this yes, however not in the way that they should do so, I’ll explain:
The entrée (Filet Mignon) asked for ‘medium well done’, was brought instead a charred top + undercooked (raw) inside, forget about unacceptable that were inexcusable. Was brought back to kitchen and reheated, yes, they brought the same charred + undercooked on the inside piece back to recook.
When it came back the inside was made to a medium well done state however the outside was even more charred than before, making this stake a bad stake. I didn’t want to mention this yet again, because the mode that was built during my romantic visit would’ve put the fire out by this point. It wasn’t just my filet mignon that was charred but my partner’s was as well, at least theirs was cooked inside correctly. The side green beans were tasty and moist however way too much olive oil was put all over the veggies. The starch was some sort of small diced cut potatoes cooked ‘things’, I didn’t try them, they didn’t look like anything special nor did I smell anything different then I have already smelled at any other place that serves them.
Our table, oh boy, well I didn’t mention it at the time but it wasn’t exactly premiere; it wasn’t next to the quiet water viewable windows, you could see the water easily from just one seat and the table setting wasn’t a romantic one; not possible to sit two side by side consecutively, instead each person was sitting perpendicular from one another.
The waitress, her choice of words blurted out from time to time (stupid, crazy, wacky) & they simply didn’t belong. She talked a little too much about things that weren’t even asked about and she came across as too common. The accent sounded something like she was from Massachusetts (which was not a problem). While she did really try to be helpful, she really wasn’t a good waitress; had to ask for more water, more than once, lost touch with her once a party of five sat next to us. This is not the sort of setting I could complain; as it would jeopardize the romantic mood the restaurant had already built, the service given to me this night didn’t come close to justify the servers hefty 20% automatic gratuity.
I won’t be back to visit Chalet Suzanne.
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