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Lousy Meal at L'Atelier Maitre Albert


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Lousy Meal at L'Atelier Maitre Albert

Gman | Dec 17, 2008 08:49 AM

Wish I read more of the (mixed) postings before we headed there. Great location and interesting room but there I'm afraid it ends.....

Salad with sauteed chicken livers was quite good, and the Potiron soup (is it me or is this soup suddenly everywhere??) was tasty enough but at 17 Euros it needed a little something beyond the mushrooms and the table-side pouring into a rectangular bowl.

I had the Jarret de Veau a la Broche, which was OK, though many tough bits and cartilage that were inedible. The gratin of spinach and mushrooms would have been tasty and fine if it weren't full of sand!

My partner ordered the Tranche de Boeuf - saignant. When the grey slab of tough meat arrived he remarked to the waiter that it did not seem saignant at all. The waiter insisted that once we cut into it it would be.... it never was. There wasn't a red drop on the plate to be seen. The sauce Bearnaise was cold and thick. The Gratin Dauphinoise, a dish I generally love, was bland and literally seemed only to be potatoes swimming in cream.

The woman right next to us seemed to have ordered the same dish with at least superior results in the viande department... looked thick and nicely rosy. Don't think we heard her say "bleu"... In all of France I've never had saignant beef this grey.... Was it because we were apparently Yanks? Was it because I rejected the 75Euro wine the waiter strongly urged we order with our dish and went with something cheaper?

Eventually, sensing our displeasure I suspect, the waiter dropped off the signature grapefruit terrine with the odd glob of meringue which resembled toothpaste. It was, unfortunately, like the whole experience... rather bitter.

In the end, I the whole place seemed rather pretentious, and skating on reputation.

I've had my share of disappointing meals in Paris, usually not with this much hype or heft on the tab.

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