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“Not our best experience in Aude”
Review of Le Carnotzet

Le Carnotzet
Ranked #3 of 5 Restaurants in Couiza
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed May 22, 2013

A disappointing evening here in a recommended place. We were sharing a friend's house locally. Our group of six ate a varied choice of food with the excellent local wines, and we were all disappointed. My fish pâté was so tasteless, lacking in seasoning, just bland, my husband had a massive plate of varied hams, just too much, wrapped in a napkin it fed us all the next morning. The gambas were probably the best choice but our tee bone steaks served on wooden boards were a great disappointment.
The main failure was the poor service with one person, taking orders for food and wine, and serving at table in a pretty full restaurant, we waited too long to place our order, our wine arrived late, the bread came late too, and the small bottle of water was far from adequate but getting more was almost impossible!! We felt very sorry for the overworked lady, perhaps just a bad night.

And so it turned into a long and frustrating evening, not helped by the hardness of the wooden chairs. Intermarche stock excellent meat, fish and vegetables, the markets were full of fantastic asparagus , cheeses and fruit. Eating in was a great option!!

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

We rarely miss a trip to Le Carnotzet when we are staying in the area. We first came across it 7 years ago, and have always found the atmosphere friendly and the food and wine consistently good at both the lunchtime bistro and in the evenings. Last night was no exception.

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1  Thank Roland D
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Overly ambitiuous menu served in a Swiss Style chalet setting. Nothing worked properly inc the credit card machine. Even the steak was poor and they got the orders wrong and the place was empty.

9  Thank Jonathan Y
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We went for lunch here on a very hot day in August. The first thing that struck us was that nobody seemed to be talking out of the 5 or 6 tables that were occupied. The 3 course lunch menu for 17 euros looked good so we went for that. The food was quite good, but nothing better than we had had in some more modest places in the area.The starter took a very long time to arrive. Eventually a waitress was sent to apologise that they had forgotten us. The main course was a very salty gammon, and I had to ask twice for a glass of wine, which arrived when I had nearly finished the meal. The desserts had run out by the time we got there, but the alternative was good. The unexpected bonus came in the form of a cabaret during the dessert course, when a customer who had dared to complain got a vehement mouthful from the manageress, and a stand up shouting match ensued. That didn't help the atmosphere.
This place obviously has a good reputation, but didn't come up to scratch on the day we visited.

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2  Thank Bigjake33
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

This dining experience can best be described like the judges on the muppets. It started off fantastic but we were soon down grading our assessment as the meal continued.
It was a nice restaurant with a good feel inside. One of the waitresses translated the menu for us as we had been having difficulty finding the words in our French phrase book. That was because much of it was Spanish influenced.
We received a small quiche and rochefort cheese starter which were very tasty. For entrée we had ham filled cannoli with salad and a ploughman's equivalent with meats and cheeses and gherkin.
For mains we had good St Jacques scallops but the vegies were pureed nursing home style. The beef was ordered medium but the blood was still dribbling onto the plate. It looked a big meal but 100gm of it was fat and bone.
The crème brulee for dessert was cold and seemed curdled in texture, and had little taste.
We ended up walking out of there one hundred euros lighter for a meal that - although three courses - was not worth it. We were disappointed because we had been looking forward to this meal based on the reviews we had read.

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2  Thank TassieTravellers99
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