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Cafe Anjou

I was so looking forward to eating in this restaurant after hearing such great things about it. On arrival I was impressed with the interior where a lot of thought has gone into creating a friendly ambience in a rather small space. The first problem was the waiter who had no idea what I meant when I asked if they had a bottle of Cotes du Rhone wine. It would be nice if a restaurant playing on its 'Frenchness' could educate its staff in the basics of French food and wine. His pronounciation of 'prix fixe' as 'pricks fixed' had me giggling and my companion blushing!

My starter, a salad of frisse and lardons arrived looking tired and was extremely oily as the fat from the bacon pieces mingled sullenly with the dressing. My main course of pork medallions with rhubarb sauce was inspired and beautifuly cooked and presented. A dish of carrots mangled in rosemary wasn't such a success, neither were the mange tout that were served swimming in butter. A stunning dish of gratin a la dauphinoise was greedily consumed.

Pudding was a bowl of mixed sorbet - the mango was delicious, the cassis a nasty block of icicles. Service throughout the meal was cursory (when one got any).

Overall I got the impression that this very popular local restaurant doesn't really feel the need to make much more effort than it has as it is it so very busy. How long it can rest on its laurels is an interesting question.

Monday, January 16, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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