We have been eating at this restaurant for over 20 years, knew the owners well and decided to ask them to cater for my 70th birthday in August this year.
Our last visit was about a month ago and we talked to Madame about the dinner. She said that would be fine but we should contact them again in about a month. So we duly booked a table for lunch today.
Imagine our total shock when we arrived to find that it has changed hands - re-opening last Friday (June 21st). When my husband booked he did ask if we could discuss the birthday and again, absolutely nothing was said about the change.
The menu and ambience are totally different and although the new patron is very professional and pleasant it is just not the same.
The food was good, said to be locally sourced, but did not have the traditional Provencal feel that it had. It was much more classic French. There were other puzzled locals there too who were baffled. Also there was only the patron to serve and he was really really pushed at times. There were not enough tables set and my main course order was incorrect - I don't eat pasta but it was on my plate.
Delicious but far too large panna cottas for dessert ran out very quickly and the patron admitted that chef is not a pastry cook, but he is hoping to employ one very soon.
Now then, what do we do ? We have reserved provisionally but feel let down by the lack of communication.
On the other hand I really appreciate that taking over a restaurant and making your own mark can take more than 3 days.
I have given my ratings bearing in mind the very recent and clearly rushed nature of the hand-over. What a pity one can't rate something good. The choice between average and very good is unrealistic
Watch this space.
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