My brother and I dined at Le Bocage in Beaconsfield tonight. There were two menus tonight... the regular French menu, and the "Italian Night" menu. As we glanced over the menu, we were presented bruschetta so garlicky it bit at your tongue. Most may have been turned off but, being Italian, we quite liked them. Sadly, it was downhill from there.
My brother's appetizer was a terrine which he described as having a "disquieting crusty meatloaf consistency" and an overwhelming peppercorn taste. I opted for the escargots in a blue cheese/porto sauce. The escargots were served swimming in a brown sauce reminiscent of leftover roast beef gravy... no sign of blue cheese, and overpoweringly salty.
For my main, I had the dijon crusted lamb. It was not bad, but not great either... served cool to the touch, with bland vegetables. My brother opted for the filet mignon. It was served scorched - with a charcoal-like texture on the outside, and medium-rare on the inside. I watched as my brother trimmed the top, bottom, and sides of his $30 filet mignon. "Carcinicious!" he announced.
When our waitress cleared our table, she noted that my brother had left his meal virtually untouched. We explained that his meat was burnt and inedible. She seemed somewhat surprised, although not overly interested, and simply shrugged her shoulders as she went to get out bill.
As my brother and I got into the car, I wondered why there was no offer to remove my brother's obviously inedible meal from the bill. Even simply comping a dessert would have been an honorable gesture.
We simply cut our losses and instead headed over to Rockaberry for three types of pie... millefeuillle, chocolate banana split, and caramel fudge cheese.