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Le Gaigne on a bad day ? - Rio Yeti report

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Le Gaigne on a bad day ? - Rio Yeti report

Rio Yeti | Sep 27, 2011 06:36 AM

I had lunch at Le Gaigne today. Was in the neighborhood and remembered reading some good reviews about the place.
I can't say the food was bad, but it certainly wasn't as good as expected, and thus pretty overpriced.

Beet and Feta "Ravioles".
Beets very thinly sliced, creating a mock-raviole filled with more beets, feta with parsley and thyme. Good, refreshing, not great. While reminiscing on the dishes, the miss and I agreed that a few drops of a very good and floral olive oil could have elevated this plate to something more than just a beet salad.

Leg of Lamb (gigot) and sauteed vegetables
The lamb was overcooked. Not in a "I'm a meet snob who thinks slightly pink is overcooked" way, but in a "my mom always overcooks her leg of lambs so I know an overcooked lamb when I see one" way... Even Miss Yeti who likes her meats more cooked than I do agreed that this was too much. A shame really, because the skin was crispy and very flavorful, and the vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers) were also nicely done.

She had a deep fried haddock with spinach.
The fish was very light, with the batter very thin (in a good way), and the spinach very salty (in a bad way)...

We finished off with the molten chocolate cake with mirabelle plums.
Nice and reach as expected, the mirabelles don't add much (they're cooked inside the cake) but are good nonetheless. I wasn't crazy about the texture of the outer-shell of the cake, but I found that's often the case with molten chocolate cakes.

Tea, coffee, 50€...

I have nothing against simply prepared food, but at this price it should be spot on and it wasn't.

I'd like to add a positive note on the service which was discreet, gentle and always with a smile, it helped make the lunch a nice moment even with the slight disappointment over the food.

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