I’ve been to Tersiguel's several times over the past few years. It was always pricey, but you left feeling like the meal was worth the price….but not this time. What should have been a romantic anniversary to remember, is quite memorable, but for the wrong reasons.
While the building still has the stately, somewhat shabby look to it, it is as charming as ever. HOWEVER, the food was dreadful. Aside from the dessert, it was an epic failure.
I started with a cosmo which was the worst I had ever tasted and sent it back. I guess that should have given us a clue as to what was to come. We moved on to six oysters on the half shell. Well, I was shell shocked to pay fifteen bucks for six smallish oysters four of which were not even cut from the bottom shell. They were indeed salty and delicious, but IMHO, severely overpriced. Foolishly hoping things would improve we were served the special salad for sixteen buck. WOW, small salad, 4 small mealy tomato wedges, average vinaigrette and instead of the promised cheese, a tiny piece of lox at the bottom. I mean, really, sixteen dollars for such a bad salad. At least the oysters were tasty.
As bad as this may seem, the winner for worst of the night was about to arrive. My husband’s entrée, the special The New York strip (5 0z) (Viande du Marche) sheared and sliced table side by the maitre’d. The cost was 39.95. One third of the steak was gristle. He really should have sent it back. He did complain to the waiter who apologized but took no action. I lucked out by ordering the filet (38.95) which was very good however it was sliced prior to arrival, which is very odd. For dessert we ordered the chocolate mousse (7.95). This was the best thing we tasted all evening. Over all the dinner at Tersiguel’s was a resounding failure on their part. In case you’re keeping track the total was 143.32 with tax, including two beers. We added a 25.00 tip which is below what we would normally give mostly because the waiter was gone for long periods of time, did nothing special for our anniversary, and he never addressed the issue of the gristle in my husband’s steak. When you pay these kinds of prices, you expect a more, but here we got less. I suggest you look elsewhere unless you’d like to overpay for bad food.