Although Le Doyen is but a stone's throw from the Place Dalton it is down a small side street, so most of the tourist traffic passes it by. We did take the precaution of booking - a necessity as even on a mid-week lunchtime it was full, and la patronne was turning people away. The restaurant is small and cosy - traditionally French (with a fun beach tableau in the window). There is an upstairs dining room but capacity is limited.
Service was swift and friendly and our food delicious; foie gras or prawns as our starters, and perfectly cooked beef fillet to follow, with a delicious ratatouille, salad and potato croquettes, not chips. We had a pichet of the house red which was perfectly acceptable (the wine list is remarkably varied, and not expensive) and we had creme brulee and nougat glacee for our desserts, both excellent. The plates of seafood pasta coming out for other diners looked both large and appetising. There are differently priced set menus - we took the 26 euro top-of-the-tree one - but the others are varied and all the dishes were beautifully presented.
We could not fault it. I always think that a restaurant jam-packed with locals, as this was, cannot be bad, and Le Doyen to us proved the point. We would certainly visit again if we can get in!
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