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“Truly delicious”

Le Bistrot de Pepe Gentil
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 19 March 2017

Very much enjoyed dinner at Le Bistrot twice and highly recommend this restaurant. Lovely verandah, excellent and beautifully presented food and very kind and helpful staff (not English speaking though). No veggie dishes on the menu but if you ask they'll make a delicious veggie meal for you without hesitation - so much appreciated, thank you!! My husband had fish one night, steak the next and both dishes were great. For dessert we can recommend the Tiramisu and the Tarte aux pommes - wonderful (didn't try any others)! Starters approx. 10-15€, mains 20-30€, desserts 10€. Reservation recommended even on weekdays.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017

Our reservation for Valentine’s night was booked some months previously after asking for a recommendation from our Hotel. They suggested Le Bistrot de Pepe Gentil and, after reading the Reviews, we were happy for them to make the reservation on our behalf. We had an outside table and the service was prompt. The food was high quality, well cooked and well presented so overall we don’t consider the price to be particularly high ... the wine was a tad expensive but hey it was Valentine’s day so we were o.k. with it.

What really spoilt it for us, was that it was so unbearably hot! we were outside underneath a pergola (where it would have been perfectly feasible to erect some ceiling fans) or indeed, have some free standing fans strategically placed close to diners.

OK, we know it’s very humid in February on La Rѐunion but we ate outside 99% of the time during our 2 weeks stay and without exception all other restaurants had either ceiling fans or free standing fans close to diners .... not so in Le Bistrot de Pepe Gentil!

After a starter and main course we would have loved to have ordered sweets and coffees but we had become SO uncomfortable because of the stifling, hot, airless enclosed area we just asked for the bill.

The owner/waiter expressed surprise when we asked for the bill and queried that we definitely didn’t want anything else – we explained the reason why we were leaving and asked if we might make a suggestion? Following his go-ahead, we then suggested they might like to install some ceiling fans in the pergola area or place some free standing ones around because of the heat ..... his response? He just laughed at us!! Just plain wrong and incredibly rude.

2 days before the end of our stay we decided to give them another try (this time asking for an inside table and double checking there would definitely be air conditioning inside), we had decided to give them the benefit of the doubt ... maybe on the previous occasion there had been some sort of misunderstanding re: language/communication etc. So, we went back at 7p.m. there was not another customer in the restaurant! – we were the first, we asked for a table for 2 inside and were told (by a different man to the one we’d seen a week previously) they were fully booked!! It’s true there were some tables with ‘Reserved’ cards on them – but not all by any means. The man said we could take a business card and ring up for a table – we left.

We gave this restaurant a second chance which they didn’t deserve. Nothing negative to say about the food, but we also go to a Restaurant for the ambience and service, both of which are very much absent in this establishment.

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Reviewed 20 January 2017

We booked a table because we had read earlier Tripadvisor reviews, and were lucky to get the last table available for the evening. The welcome was warm, the chef's wife was charming and spoke both English and French. She advised us on the wine, explained the main course options when I did not understand the French menu. My seafood bisque starter was simply superb, as was my husband's sole meuniere. Vegetables served with the main courses were delicious and at least one was unusual, which is always good when one is in a foreign country looking for new experiences. Dessert was profiteroles - too much chocolate for me, but my chocoholic husband was delighted. We would go back!

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Reviewed 18 October 2016

If you are looking for a tiny place, in a romantic but not pretentious atmosphere, and offering a diversified and tasty menu...go there! Good French cuisine, safety standards with an original touch, nice and dynamic staff, a great wine and cocktails list...everything was perfect!

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

It's a pity that Michelin don't award stars in Reunion as I think the Bistro du Pepe Gentil would absolutely deserve one. The food is fantastic- beautifully cooked and presented with constant variation in the menu.

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