We decided to visit La Guinguette having eaten there for the first time last year having enjoyed the riverside setting, wine and atmosphere immensely, but with some feint memories of not quite so good food. We hadn't booked and the restaurant had lots of reservations for that evening but we were willingly accommodated and offered a choice of table.
We had aperatifs of Pastis and Sangria accompanied by some chouchou (candied peanuts) and other mixed nuts while we perused the menu. In the meantime the evening's entertainment had started up in the form of two singers performing traditional french songs. I had a starter of salad with garlic and roquefort and my partner had fish soup, which was excellent. We ordered a bottle of wine which came nicely chilled. The mains unfortunately were a bit of a let down. My partner ordered Poulet Forestier and I ordered Rouille de Seiche. My partner's chicken breast was tough and the sauce was thick and bland. My cuttlefish was cooked in a sauce so gelatinous and tasteless that I began to wish for a passing stray cat or dog to feed it to under the table.
Undeterred however, we went for dessert which was excellent. I had Iles Flottante and my partner went for the house speciality which was flambeed bananas with a spiced rum sauce. It was a shame about the mains but everything else, including the service, was great. Not sure if we'll be returning next year or not, but it's worth a visit for the experience, ambience and atmosphere. I'd perhaps play it safe with the mains and go for the banette steak, which comes with a hard to get wrong jacket potato and green beans!