We were so eager to to have dinner at Jean-Paul Lacombe's restaurant before he retires.
It was sad.
We were greeted formally, and again, the tasting menu main was pigeon.
When S explained that he doesn't eat pigeon, the server suggested "sticky spareribs".
S said no, he would like fish, and possibly the sole.
The server actually repeated the sparerib suggestion a second time.
S, repeated no thank you, I would prefer sole.
The response was "I need to ask the manager".
The server came back and told us that we would both need to order the sole.
S said that he would have the sea bass, if that was possible for one, as he was aware that I had wanted to try Chef's duck.
The response was again, ; I need. to ask the manager".
I was forced to have the same menu (which I do understand, as this is the way with some restaurants).
The server told us that this was the new menu, and I believe that this will be the way of Leon de Lyon in the future, so it is too late to make a special trip for that last special meal.
Rillette of duck liver and mushrooms, quite good.
Canneloni of duck in cream froth, not great, but quite tasty, The truffle suggested on the menu, may have been the tiny pepper shaped specks in the cream, and certainly there was no taste whatever of truffle..
Third course, the same inexpensive, basic common chopped mushrooms that appeared in the rillette on gingerbread. not good.
S had sea bass grilled. Only side.... exactly the same chopped circle of mushrooms this time on bread.
Could hardly believe it!!!!
My duck was at best adequate., again no veggies whatever.
When we entered the restaurant we were immediately asked "Praline or Chocolate".
I said, pardon?
"Dessert ,you must choose now.
We chose praline.
Desserts were raspberry combinations, and none good enough to really eat, and we love raspberries.
I requested a copy of the menu, and the answer, " I will have to ask the manager".
We asked again, at the completion of our meal for a copy of our tasting menu, and the server came back with a bag.
I specifically asked if our tasting menu menu was in the bag, and was told yes.
Well, it wasn't, (just filled with PR) and I was not too surprised... not a sight ever of a green or a veggie.
Not one excellent dish.
I would be embarassed if I had presented this absurd menu...