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“Tourist fare” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Vieille Cave

La Vieille Cave
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Algajola
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Surrey
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Tourist fare”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Not a restaurant for a relaxing meal. Very efficient service, no time between courses, felt very rushed. Food is indifferent, tourist fare. Fod appeared so quickly one wonders how it had been prepared. Meat in glutinous sauces, did not appear as if much preparation happened in the kitchen. Unable to recommend unless you just want a food pit stop.

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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Milan
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116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“The "pierrade" is worth trying, if anything for its conviviality”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Although La Vieille Cave features several Corsican dishes, such as the roasted milk-fed lamb, the "figatellu" (pork liver sausage) and other products of Corsican charcuterie, the real specialty of the house is the "pierrade" – a hot stone on which you cook your own pieces of meat or fish. Apparently, nobody ever chooses anything else as their main course. It's not a place for vegetarians, clearly.
A pierrade can be included in a few different set meals, of which I'd recommend the €20 three-meat pierrade with dessert. The three-meat pierrade consists of beef, pork and chicken, served with a generous side of baked potatoes and some fancy sauces. You can also opt for a four-meat pierrade, which comprises lamb too, but only if you are very hungry, because I guess the three-meat portion is more than enough for most.
In all truth, it must be said that La Vieille Cave doesn't need a great chef in the kitchen, as most of the courses they serve are made of raw meat or fish. They just need a good supply of fresh, fine meat and fish, and the work is done.
Overall, though, it's a restaurant I can recommend, mostly for the convivial atmosphere made up by the hot stones and the act of cooking one's own meat or fish. Besides, service is friendly enough and the bill is not too high, especially if you order one of the set meals.
A reservation is definitely advisable, at least in summer.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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uk
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Cheerful place & friendly staff but disappointing food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2012

Tender meat but glutenous sauce and potatoes cooked in old oil. Shame, because the staff were very friendly and there was a nice buzz in a pleasant, clean and tidy setting. Perhaps we expected too much.

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wrong choice of meal (or restaurant...)”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

Having enjoyed squid many times in Greece, Croatia, Italy etc. i was extremely disappointed with La Vielle Cave's rendition at €17 which was entirely tastless and conviced me that I had been served pasta in brown sauce. I can only think that the chef was having a bad day or he had run out of fresh produce and resorted to opening a tin. Total overpriced, overated tourist trap. Try U Furnellu (next restaurant) for a much better experience.

Visited June 2012
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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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160 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Pile it high!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

We tried the much lauded pierrade - hot stone cooking - but I was rather disappointed. Admittedly the portions of meat were generous and of good quality but the presentation I found off-putting. All the pieces of meat were dumped on a plate with a load of soggy chips and lettuce (the minimal Corsican version of "salad") piled on top. Environmental Health officers would not approve of this random mixture of cooked and uncooked items! Sorry but I did not enjoy this melange - wish I'd stuck to the more conventional dishes which looked rather more palatable.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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