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La Salette; new thread

Lucy Gore | Mar 31, 2001 02:54 AM

In wondering who may have gone here & what they thought, I ironically had a portugese friend visiting who went there with his wife this week. They emailed me with a few disappointin thoughts.

" La Salette. Well, frankly, we weren't impressed and don't think it's worth the drive for you. Paulo & I felt it wasn't very Portugese. We ordered a vihno verde, the dry white wine of the north which is usually served very cold and is very refreshing. We were brought two glasses & it was wrong. Off. Not corked, but something, and not cold. So we did the uncomfortable thing and sent the wine back, always hard when it happens, and the waitress wasn't gracious and when Paulo ordered from the menu, she kept saying excuse me even though he was reading off the menu and finally she said she's sorry but she doesn't speak portugese and has to watch where people point on the menu to see what they order."

"My impression is that it reeked of "consultancy." Someone must have told this man, the chef, who's from Azores, that he must name the restaurant something that doesn't sound Portugese so he won't scare people, and then the decor must be Napa/Sonoma and he must lighten up the dishes, not make them too hot or ethnic."

"And so, we liked a few things ( the codfish cakes, as appetizers, called Pasteis d'Bacalhau, were good, light and hot through, and Paulo adored the leit creme dessert with its crackly caramelizes crust and began speaking of his grandmother, but main dishes were insipid), even when the poor waitress brought out a fresh bottle of the wine and apologized for not tasting it herself first, but when Paulo asked her to confirm that it was quite cold, she said both, "yes, SIR", very condescendingly and "we don't overchill our wines here." Oh well. The new bottle proved that the previous glasses has actually been from a bad bottle, and she was trying to apply Napa wine chilling or lack of chilling to something she knew nothing about (and which her distributor unfortunately didn't give her a clue about). They also had the white port on the dessert menu; it's actually an apertif wine, very refreshing, so it wasn't just the waitress, but the overall knowledge was lacking".

Alas, these are true chowhounds. Much said in a short visit. Any other comments out there?

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