I have been trying the 4 Michelin Star restaurants of Caen, in Normandy. I was going to write a review at the end commenting on each restaurant. However, after last night's disaster dinner, I decided to write a review for Ivan Vaultier immediately.
I sent an email last week to book a table. I explained on the booking confirmation one partie was allergic to alcohol and didn't like onions. Michelin Star restaurant will generally accommodate and make changes to menus without problems.
When we arrived at the restaurant it didn't seem they had received the email and immediately serviced us small appetisers, one containing alcohol. Aa they served us the tasting menu, I couldn't help wonder why some ingredients were removed from my dish but not replaced with another one bearing in mind they had been given a week to think of what could be used instead of the ingredients containing alcohol.
I had to pour the sparkling water in our glasses as the waters rarely where on the floor checking the tables, food was served to our table whilst I had gone to the toilet and no one came back to give me the name of the dish and/or describe it the dish. The only dish that was interesting was the pudding, but even tho was way too sugary and too much of it aa it was served after some small selection of other type of sweets. None of which work very well together.
Overall, this is my definition of a car crash in a restaurant. It was very poor quality, nothing a would qualify as a Michelin Star restaurant.
Finally, the light bulbs and frames were very dusty and full of spider Webb. As we left and paid the bill, no one asked us how was our dinner!
To be perfectly honest, this restaurant is not worthy of a Michelin Star and was too expensive for the quality. I was at Contre Sense (one of the 4 Michelin star restaurants in Caen) last week and there cannot be compared. Contre Sense truly deserve a star for the food quality, ambiance and excellent service.
Avoid this restaurant as it stands, it is very poor.
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