Tried this place today, for a colleague's birthday lunch, and I'm not sure how I feel about it.
On the plus side, it's a really nice space, and they had great music playing.
Each of us really enjoyed our main courses - mine was a "midi express" special (cotelette de cochonnet with roasted vegetables and mustard sauce) and others seemed to be really happy with their burgers and beef tartares. The fries were a standout.
But I couldn't shake the feeling that there is a missing link at the customer service level. I was first tipped off by the carelessly scrawled chalkboard menu (is it so hard to write legibly?) and the blast of cold air assaulting our table - we made a couple of jokes about being cold but the waitress didn't seem to notice or care. Those are small, stupid things but the skepticism peaked when the soup arrived (see image below). Billed as a "butternut soup", it was watery, essentially flavourless, and contained a truly minuscule amount of bacon bits (why bother, if you're going to include such a quantity?). To add insult to injury, it was served in massive bowl, despite containing exactly 8 spoonfuls of soup (my boss counted). Several of us asked the waitress - "where's the rest of it?" and she enthusiastically replied that it just looked tiny because of the big bowl.
The main course redeemed the experience somewhat, but it's the little things that unfortunately taint an experience.
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