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“Hard to fault ”
Review of Le Nautique

Le Nautique
Ranked #3 of 139 Restaurants in St Peter Port
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $72
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Came here for a special evening, and the restaurant certainly provided it. Attentive but unobtrusive service, excellent wine list. Food outstanding, from the walnut bread, to lobster ravioli, through to dessert. Make sure you can eat three courses because you will want to try everything! It isn't cheap- definitely a special treat worth saving up for.

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Reviewed June 17, 2014

As the name suggests, this restaurant specialises in seafood, and does it very well indeed. On the night we visited, there was a good range on offer, and our choices were well presented, served by efficient and friendly waiters, and were of a very high standard. The food was supported by a good wine list, and with excellent views to the nearby harbour, a very good evening was assured. The chef was on hand during the evening to meet and greet the diners.

1  Thank Alan L
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Nautique use to look a bit shabby although the food was always very good. The recent refurb is excellent and creates a more modern feel. I have been lucky enough to sit by the window the last two times I dined here and the views across the harbour at this time of year are beautiful. On both occasions I had guests visiting from England and they all said it was one of their best dining experiences,

If you are visiting Guernsey book early and get a window seat and take advantage of the lovely seafood on the menu which is their speciality.

The food is spot on and the service is excellent.

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2  Thank Kevin S
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

We live in Guernsey and I have not been for two years but the new refurb is very much on trend and the food remains incredible plus you get great views and service.

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2  Thank RMHH
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

The restaurant occupies a seafront building in the heart of St Peter Port. It’s on two levels, the first level being the bar and main restaurant, and upstairs a private function room.

On entering the restaurant the bar is to the left, and a very pleasant, and high ceilinged dining room, with windows overlooking the harbour, is to the right.

On arrival it initially seemed a little chaotic, with the group being asked if any pre-dinner drinks would like to be ordered, and then nothing further. The same occurred with initial attempts to order starter and main courses.

However, talking to the maitre d’ the restaurant were unexpectedly down 1 member of front of house that evening. And watching the maitre d’ organize the staff and make sure all tables were very well attended, orders taken and drinks provided, as well as dealing with a private function, was just a terrific example of how to run front of house. Within moments everyone was organized and he spent the evening on top of everything – absolute top marks for making sure everything ran very smoothly and everyone was happy. He even found the time to chat to guests here and there about the restaurant, running it, etc.

The menu has two sections – A La Carte and (shorter) Chef’s Recommendations, and dishes can be mixed and matched from both.

A starter of roast baby squid stuffed with spicy crab and gremolata delivered two plump and outstandingly well cooked squid, with just the right degree of bite to the texture, and came garnished with fried breadcrumbs and rocket. Around the table asparagus with poached egg and hollandaise came with a gloriously runny poached egg and the asparagus itself had some bite to it – as it should have. And a lobster soup was deep and packed full of flavor.

A main course of grilled Guernsey brill and ragout of scampi, scallops and prawns was again beautifully cooked, all the fish moist well seasoned. A saltimbocca of chicken breast with parma ham, sage and tagliatelli which delivered moist chicked breast and well cooked pasta, and a goats cheese and horse radish salad were both declared excellent.

And after the first two courses, the high standard was maintained with excellent desserts. An amaretto parfait with roast bananas was light and creamy, and pleasingly not served too cold, the bananas sweet from being roasted, and complemented by a lovely pistachio sauce. And a cheesecake was also pleasingly light, with a great orange sauce. The menu includes an option to have a selection of the chef’s desserts in miniature, and is always a great idea to sample more than one in a single sitting. It was expected that there would be maybe something like five small desserts on a plate, but instead a main course sized plate arrived with miniature versions of almost everything on the dessert menu.

Each small dessert was beautifully crafted and presented, with good clean flavours. The whole table agreed that the standouts were a bitter chocolate mousse with lime jelly – the two flavours together providing a terrific complement and contrast at the same time, and flavour packed sorbets. The only thing I would suggest is perhaps either advising diners of the size of the sampling platter, or marking it as suitable for two on the menu as it would make a fantastic sharing plate.

The wine list is interesting and well priced. It’s predominantly French, but also has some good choices in the wines of the world section.

Booking ahead is, I think, essential. On a Saturday evening visit the restaurant was completely full by 8pm.

Great food, very comfortable dining room and excellent staff, highly recommended.

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4  Thank Adrian2753
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