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Le Gaulois headed south

Shayna | Feb 22, 2004 09:55 AM

Six of us dined at Le Gaulois in Alexandria last night. My husband and I reside in Old Town and have been there many times beore and last night confirmed that that since the original owners sold the place a couple of years ago the quality has sriously declined.
Last night the Coquilles St. Jacques Marsailles was simply awful. The scallops were swimming in a bland tomato sauce and the taste of Pernod was over-powering as if it had just been dumped in prior to serving. The stuff quail arrived like dried out hocky pucks on a plate with limp and old looking haricots verts and old looking sliced potatoes. One of our companions ordered the venison and it was very dry. All in all the service was mediocre and the waiter knew nothing about the wines on the list.
I know this is not a "fine dining" restaurant and more of a bistro but the quality has definitely been headed south in the past couple of years. It's a darn shame since the place has lots of ambiance and charm and there is such a dearth of decent places to dine in Old Town. Anyone have a better or similar experience?

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