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Neva Cuisine in Paris, what a disappointment!

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Neva Cuisine in Paris, what a disappointment!

rieu | Sep 11, 2012 06:26 AM

We dined at this restaurant on September 6th, and what a disappointment it’s!
Wine: we ordered a Chablis Grand Cru, Vieilles Vignes which would have been very good had it not been lukewarm! After several unsuccessful attempts to get our waiter to put ice cubes in the wine cooler, we had to “raise it a notch” to finally get enough ice cubes from another waiter. By then, half a bottle had been wasted! It is rather surprising how a restaurant like this one could not have a sufficient number of chilled white wine bottles and then failed to take appropriate action and be so miserly with ice cubes!
Food:
First course: girolles, et tartare de daurade were good although the aioli (actually an emulsion with cream and garlic)which they hurriedly brought out a few minutes later, to go with the soupe de girolles so we were told, was too garlicky, and yet we like garlic. Presentation was very nice though.
Main dish: croustillant de ris de veau (add another 5 Euros) and John Dory.
Both dishes were way over cooked, and hence, too dry. The quality was there, but there’s an obvious lack of savoir-faire or care in cooking it. What a waste. The worst café in our neighbourhood would have done a better job. Even I could have cooked it better! I asked if it’s the Chef who cooked the ris de veau and the fish and was told it’s her second! From my seat I had a full view of the bar, entrance and part of the kitchen. The Chef was mostly busy standing in front of a board, with a black pen, crossing out dishes as they were brought out. She went out once, to a specific table. Probably to greet the regular patrons.
I counted 37 guests from the time we arrived, 20h45 to the time we left at about 22h15. There’re 2 waiters who seemed a bit distracted, but very available to those they know! The table to our left, a young Bristish couple,walk-in customers, was left waiting for a good 20 minutes before some one took their order, another 15 minutes before they got their drinks and a good 20 minutes before some one came to clear out their first course! On the other hand the couple sitting to our right were regulars and every thing went swiftly for them!
We intended to try their signature desert but were so disappointed with the whole thing we decided to skip it and left, on a negative note. Went there because of positive reviews on this forum and others. Perhaps we were just the “unlucky” ones!

As for us, we really could not see what all the fuss was about! Wish we had picked out a different restaurant!

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