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“Seafood and Artichokes”

Le Cabestan La Cambuse
Ranked #7 of 15 Restaurants in Carantec
Price range: $14 - $59
Cuisines: French
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Description: The Cabestan is a french food restaurant with a touch of exotism, just in front of the sea
Reviewed July 3, 2012

Any way you approach Carantec by car, you'll pass fields of Artichokes since the tiny micro climate area surrounding it supplies most of France with this unique vegetable (or is it really a flower?) The problem is how to cook and eat it and this is where Le Cabestan (Capstan), comes into its own.

Whenever in season, the local Artichokes are cooked to a 'surprise menu' - it changes every day and you don't know how they'll be served until they appear ... but when they do you're in for a gastronomic treat. They couldn't be fresher having travelled only a few hundred metres, and the restaurant know exactly how to bring out their exclusive flavour.

Also notable for its fine fish cooking, the restaurant is right on the water's edge of the fishing port of Carantec and specialises in local fish dishes cooked in traditional French style (cuisine traditionelle), at very sensible prices. The wine list is limited, but good value and the service has been reasonably fast and friendly on the 3 occasions we have been there.

Its great competitor 'L'Abri du Pecheur' is 40 yards away and one of these two traditional Brittany Seafood restaurants is always open - they wisely arrange their half days accordingly.

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Reviewed August 15, 2011

We've visited Le Cabestan a number of times (probably 5) over the last 2-3 years and each visit was great - very interesting food, very good service.

Our most recent visit, on Wednesday 10 August '11, turned all that on its head for some reason. We arrived at 7pm and were shown to our table, given menus and asked if we wanted an apperitif. We had to resort to catching the maitre d's attention 35 minutes later to give our order i.e. 7.35pm. Our starters didn't arrive until 8.20pm - mine was a fish soup, and my husband had ordered a salad, so it should not have taken 45 minutes from ordering (and 1hr 20 since arrival).

My main course (steak) arrived at 9pm - 2 hours after our arrival, by which time I was famished and amusing our 5 year old was becoming increasing hard work. It was also tepid, and the pepper sauce had congealed indicating it has been sitting around for quite some minutes. No sign of my husband's food? The waiter was by now moving so fast - and looking the other way all the time that it was seriously impossible to get his attention - he was avoiding us. I had finished every bite on my plate and there was still no sign of my husbands steak. When it finally arrived at 9.15pm, it was very badly cooked - and the meat hadn't been rested. He couldn't eat it, and just ate the chips. The plates were removed without any enquiry as to why all the main component of one remained.

We left at 9.40pm and got a cheery au revoir from the Maitre D. Horrendous service and very hit and miss food. We'd have left after the starters if we weren't on a set menu.

Unforgiveable.

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