Seeing as we live in the area, it was about time we got around to trying 'a taste of France in the heart of Wyong'. This restaurant has been rebadged several times and past incarnations are still evident in its decor. Apart from the odd Renoir print, some tri-color decorations and the obligatory Edith Piaff singing in the background, there is little to suggest that this is a traditional French restaurant. The neon 'open' sign, the green LED fairy lights surrounding the shop front window, and the numerous historical photos of Wyong do nothing to create a French ambience. The decor could do with a complete revamp to create an authentic French atmosphere. We attended midweek, and there were few customers. So, we had the full attention of the one waitress, but she was well out of her depth. Wine left unopened, cutlery tossed across the table, courses delivered at different intervals highlighted a lack of training and professionalism. However, the quality of the food belies the atmosphere in which it was served. It was surprisingly very good. The menu selection is typical French, apart from the garlic bread. At least the Sticky Date Pudding was nowhere to be seen. The wine list is mainly Australian with a couple of pricey French wines tossed in. Our group had mussels and snails as entrees, and duck, pork and salmon as mains, all of excellent quality and generous portions. The deserts include the typical French offerings of Crème Brulee, profiteroles, crepe suzette and cheese platter. The food alone is worth the effort and the price is reasonable, but do not be fooled into expecting a 'truly French experience'.
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