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Le Me Toujours

Jo | Jun 24, 2002 08:55 AM

Last evening we ate at Le Me Toujours in Marlton. I was reluctant to go because I am such a big fan of Siri's for French-Asian. The restaurant was practically empty with only one other party at 6:30 on a Sunday evening. Our server brought out bread and butter. The bread was standard french, nothing special. The two appetizer specials were tuna carpaccio and a beef wrap. There were a number of other interesting appetizers on the regular menu. Neither if the special appetizers appealed to me so I asked our server to recommend some others from the menu. His response was to tell me how "special" the specials were and that it was a unique opportunity to try those dishes. He never did recommend an alternative which I thought was a bit odd.

For our first course two in our party had tuna carpaccio and I had the caesar salad. Both were excellent. We all chose specials for our entrees. I had the shrimp and crab cake special entree which was served with a choice of rice or mashed potato. My husband had the soft shells over greens. The crab cake was excellent. My complaint about the shrimp is that I did not expect a heavy curry (indian not thai) taste on the shrimp. I am not a big fan of Indian curries and it was very disappointing. The soft shells were very good with one large one and one very small. Surprisingly the side dishes were nothing short of terrible. They served mashed potatoes which tasted funny and had an odd texture. I am sure that they were made there but they tasted like they could have come out of a box. They also served something that looked like zucchini rounds but may have been some type of unusual asian green. They were hard and inedible.

We did not order dessert since they looked very ordinary. When the check arrived we understood why the server was pushing the specials. The tuna carpaccio was $14 while the menu appetizers averaged $7 with the most expensive on the menu at $10. The entree specials were $26 while the most expensive menu entree was approximately $20. I know that this type of gouging has been discussed as a pet peeve on this board before. Never have I had a server push the specials so much to the exclusion of recommending a single menu item. Our total bill with tax and tip came to $150 for three people for an appetizer and entree each. We had no drinks. Back to Siri's we go.

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