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“Old-school French cooking”

Restaurant La Matelote
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Price range: US$43 - US$101
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Reviewed 10 November 2016

I ate at this restaurant for lunch recently. The location is easy-to-find, on the sea-front just before the point where the port buildings end and the road opens out with a beach on one side and seaside shops opposite. It is almost opposite the Nausicaa recreation centre.

On arrival, the restaurant has a rather dark aspect, with furnishings, light fittings and an overall style which appears to belong in the 1960s or 1970s. The style of service also harks back to another generation.

Fittingly, therefore the style of cooking is unashamedly old-school French, with plenty of rich creamy sauces accompanying most of the dishes. Even the “amuse-bouche” openers came with creamy sauces.

The highlight of the meal for me was an unusual fish called “légine”, a very light and clear fish from the southern seas. Alas, nowadays, one tends to think that an accompanying sauce that is creamy and heavily flavoured rather detracts from the delicacy of the central ingredient.

Overall, this is not a Michelin-starred restaurant that I would necessarily recommend to friends, but it is, in its own old-fashioned way, a place of high-quality cooking nonetheless.

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Thank Haut-Brion
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

Friendly service, excellent food, great wines. Even with the restaurant full, the atmosphere remained quiet and the service fluent. A place I will return to

Thank Philippe B
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

travelled from the uk for the sole reason of eating at this michelin star restaurant that has a reputation for excellent seafood
How disappointing then to be served tuff and chewy lobster starter pre cooked of questionable age poorly presented on a bed of lettuce and covered in fish soup, A mains of turbot that was 3 or 4 days old at best dull dry and tasteless all the more galling when the fish market is literally across the road selling fantastic produce still stiff from rigour,
The michelin organisation must be flawed if you a get michelin star for this standard
of food given the standard you have to achieve in the uk to be awarded a star ?
Tony Lestienne at over 30 euros a dish no where near good enough !

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1  Thank mick k
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Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

We were staying in the hotel & had been told by the staff that the restaurant was of a high quality. We booked a table for 19:30 but at 11:45 when our last course has still not arrived we got kicked out into the hotel bar. We picked the fixed menu at around 60 euros per person. We waited one hour for our first course only to be told that they had run out of the first course so they gave us a foul tasting plate of white fish in gelatine. We like fine wines but were shocked at the prices some 500 euros for which we normally pay around 350 euros. We has champagne to start which at 15 euros a head was overpriced. Our wine was corked they did replace it after I raised my voice. The coffee was served with some dried up left overs by this time we were in the bar & other dinners so hungry they asked to share but like us only took one bit & declared them inedible.

We spent hours waiting for food thank goodness the wine was good if totally overpriced.

Thank zooly
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Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

Staying in the hotel have us impetus to try the restaurant, particularly as it was open on the Sunday night of our arrival. I think it's pricey...be prepared...but excellent value for very fine dining. Marvellous to be able to indulge and wander back to our room after charming service and delicious food . Expect intense flavours and you won't be disappointed. I had never tasted wood asparagus before! Exquisite presentation.

Thank rebalance
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