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Le Charm revisited

Mike Lee | Jul 21, 2001 04:12 AM

Ok, this is my second visit to le charm, the "affordable" french bistro, and i am not very impressed. For many people, this is the best place to get their food for very reasonable prices. I must agree, the 25 dollar prixe fixe menu seriously is a pretty sweet deal. I went to this restaurant for the first time and remember it was decent but this visit was not as memorable. During this visit, i ordered the fricasse escargot. This was actually not bad. The escargot was made to a good tenderness. As for my friend, she ordered the goat cheese with roasted pepper salad. I had a taste and was not impressed. For the main course, i had the creamy chicken and my friend had the braised duck. Both of which were a disappointment. My chicken was oversalted and overcooked. The sauce made it even saltier than usual. The only part of the dish that was actually enjoyable was the mashed potatoes. As for the duck, it was also overcooked but this time it was lacking in the taste department. With those disappointments in line, i was left with the thought of looking forward to the dessert. My friend had the creme brulee which i enjoyed on my last visit and i had the tarte tatin. The creme brulee remained a strong dish (although this time around it was a lot sweeter than my last visit). As for the tarte tatin, it could have been a strong dessert but failed. The caramel was really good which was more than i could have said about the overall dish. The crust was nicely done as well but the main problem i had with it was that some slices of apples were badly burned.

Overall, i did not enjoy Le charm as much as my first visit. Although people have told me this place was fairly consistent, i would tend to disagree. I might decide to go back when a friend would prove me wrong but for now, i think i will head back to south park cafe if i was to have cheap french eat. South park might not be as cheap as le charm, but for roughly 10 dollars more a person, i think south park proves to be more consistent.

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