It's listed as one of the most romantic places in the
most romantic city, so what better place to celebrate
Valentine's Day than Lapérouse? What we got was one
of the worst restaurant experiences we ever had. The
problems were so bad and so numerous that it was
comical and we were laughing out loud and rolling our
eyes with our fellow diners by the end of the evening.
I'll start from the beginning. We sit and wait for 20
minutes before anyone takes our aperitif order.
Another 20 minutes go by before the waiter asks if we
have chosen between the pre-set Valentine's menu with
or without the wine pairings. Another 20 minutes pass
until the amuse bouche arrives.
Ten p.m. comes and goes and we finally get our first
course of lobster. This is where we stop being
tolerant and discreetly talk to the waiter!
They begin to serve us more quickly, but they can't
get the wine poured correctly. We note that it is a
universal problem. The wine selections that came with
the pre-set menu should be on the table before serving
the food. Instead, the wine was served when we were
almost done with each course. Had we waited, the food
would have gotten cold.
While deep into our veal dish, the waiter finally
remembers the Cotes Rotie and brings over the glasses.
Too bad they were still dirty. My husband is furious
and says, "Ce verre a toujours le vin du dernier
client!" I hold up my glass with lipstick marks on it.
Dessert comes and goes without a hitch, and then we
order coffee and tea. We wait 20 minutes and the
waiter arrives with my husband's espresso. He
realizes he's forgotten my tea, so he takes the
espresso away and says that he'll bring the drinks
back at the same time.
Ten more minutes go by and the main waiter comes by
and says, "Je propose un café or thé" or "May I offer
you a coffee or tea?" We say, "Nous avons commandé
deja" or "We already ordered." The waiter then
sheepishly asks, "Il y a long temps?" or "Was it a
while ago?" We simultaneously and slowly respond,
But the fun continued. While we were waiting for the
check the first time, they brought out the petit
fours. Petit fours come with or after the dessert and
before the coffee and certainly not while you're
waiting for the check!!
The head waiter actually made the effort to apologize
and blamed the problem on the young staff, a different
menu format, and a crowded Thursday night. He
neglected to mention his own snafus. He also asked if
it was our first time dining there. My husband told
him that we live in Paris, that it was our first time
there and that we would never return. He offered us
some expensive cognac, we asked for the check again
and got it 20 minutes later.