We did our first Taggia visit last night and our first Methode Bistro visit tonight.
The summary is we enjoyed Taggia but we weren't wowed by it. We were wowed by Methode Bistro.
We had a good sized party with a bunch of small children for Grandma's birthday. I will definitely say they made us very comfortable, the room was nice and the service was great. With all the kids, they way they accomodated us did a lot to make it a great night.
As for the food, it was good but it didn't knock our socks off. Having read many reviews & seeing a mix of reactions, I tended to agree with the favorable authors in other instances & was hoping that I would fall in love with the place for the quality of their ingredients. Just didn't get it. The favorite was the burrata antipasti which they now serve with speck. Really, really enjoyed that. They also had killer bread and a yummy olive oil. Other than that, we did enoy the grilled calamari appetizer, the pizza margherita, the traghetti and the sea bream & yellowfin tuna dailiy specials. I think the opinion was universal that we would go back but we wouldn't be pushing it to the top of our to revisit list.
I will also mention that the hotel is really pretty beautiful and very comfortable. They have a great lobby to lounge in and they have built some great beautiful fire pit areas to hang out by the pool. Perfect for a winter night and maybe a coffee drink. Feels like you've been transported elsewhere.
We did our work Christmas party at Methode tonight & had a limited menu. Of all the choices I sampled, I loved pretty much every one. And while Methode Bistro is definitely less of a child geared place, they handled us really well too.
The thing that really stood out, as you would hope, was the food. It started right from the kid's menu. These were the first things to make it to the table - the kid's roasted chicken & vegetables & pizza. Both were great! It was very, very cool to see something other than chicken fingers. I couldn't stop stealing some of our daughter's chicken with beautifully crisped skin. Our nephew's pizza even tasted interesting. The "pepperoni" tasted as if it was made with duck or possibly turkey?? I'm betting turkey. It was great.
As far as the adults at our table, only one of us was able to order a starter other than the modified foie gras appetizer (the pistou soup). The foie was awesome and the pistou soup was super tasty as well. For dinner we split the ricotta gnocchi with braised pork and crispy artichokes and the roasted sturgeon with forest mushrooms, mini ravioli and morel tea. Both were wonderful but I'd probably give the nod to the sturgeon. I would order that again in a heartbeat. I couldn't get enough of the morel tea. I couldn't refrain from being uncouth & mopping some up with their wonderful bread. The roulade of prime rib also got great reviews but didn't get a chance to sample that. For dessert, we split the chocolate croissant "pudding" with cognac creme anglaise (basically a yummy bread pudding) and the gateau fromage with sambuca negro marinted prunes & vanilla almonds (goat cheese cheesecake). I'd recommend doing the same & sharing both as well if given the chance.
We will DEFINITELY be bumping Methode Bistro up on our to revisit list.