Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Les Terrasses du Lac in Gerardmer, France

After spending a calm and relaxing afternoon with my love, we decided to choose a place to have dinner. We remembered being slightly disappointed with the restaurant we ate at last year (click here for the post), so that was off the list for today. Unfortunately, with no reservations in a tourist city like Gerardmer (and with the French Canoe-Kayak Championship going on), our chances seemed pretty slim, but we went out to venture anyways.

Fortunately, we didn't have to go too far. Right behind our last resting place was the restaurant, Les Terrasses du Lac of the Casino JOA. We feared that the prices would be steep because it was a casino restaurant, but they were pretty reasonable.

Since we didn't have any reservations, it was impossible to have a table on the terrace. We didn't mind staying inside the dining room though, just as long as we were seated.

The dining room was decorated with a lot of wood. At first glance, everything looked perfect. But that was the first glance.

MR was the first one to notice. I was coming back from washing my hands when he told me to take a closer look at the table. I tried to take a photo (the one above), but I'm not sure you can see it clearly. Our table was unfortunately covered in dust and in the photo you can see my finger tracing a line on the table. Eeeek!!!

But that's not it ... so five minutes later, the table beside ours (in the photo above) was occupied by a mother and her two teenage children. The waiter removed one of the placemat and right away they noticed the dust on their table. From where I was sitting, I could literally see the outline of the removed placemat on the table. The mother complained about the dust and asked to transfer to another table. The waiter muttered a lame excuse about how the wind brought the dust in, they scrubbed the table in the morning, but there was nothing they could do against the wind, blah blah blah..... Who do they think they are fooling??? Anyways, the customers were transferred to a table across the room. What did the waiter do next, you might ask. Well, he casually put back the fourth placemat that was originally there as if nothing happened. No cleaning, no scrubbing, no dusting. He probably was silently praying that the next diners wouldn't notice. Ni vu, ni connu!

Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Just sayin'.

Anyways, enough of the cleanliness, now's the time for the food.

Complimentary Individual Bread

For my starter, I had the Salade Melée au Tempura de Moules et Beignets de Calamar, Bisque de Crustacés en Cappuccino / Mixed Salad with Mussels Tempura and Fried Calamares, Seafood Bisque Cappuccino.

Overall I liked my starter. I thought the portions were just enough. The Bisque was really rich, so more would have been too much. There was no sauce to dip the fried mussels and calamares, but it went great with a forkful of green salad, tomato, and vinaigrette.

MR ordered the Carpaccio de Boeuf au Basilic, Pignons de Pins Torréfiés / Beef Carpaccio with Basil, Pine Nuts.

MR also liked his starter, but couldn't help but compare it to the Carpaccio he had at Les Moulins Bleus (click here for the post), which remains the best he's had so far.

For my main dish, I went with the fish dish.
Filet de Rouget a la Plancha, Salsa de Mangue au Basilic / Red Mullet Fish cooked on a Plancha with Mango-Basil Salsa.

I especially loved the fish, which was cooked perfectly. Not overcooked or undercooked. The black stuff you see are surprisingly some kind of mushroom. I liked the Mango Salsa the least. It had an off-taste. I know the menu said that it was made with basil, but I couldn't taste any, instead I could definitely taste some spice like cumin. I was not a fan. Plus the mango was too mushy for me.

MR had the Filet Mignon de Porc Roti a la Moutarde de Meaux, Pomme de Terre et sa Chantilly Citron Ciboulette / Roasted Pork Filet Mignon with Mustard from Meaux, Potato with Whipped Cream, Lemon, and Chives.

I'm always hesitant to order Pork Filet Mignon or Chicken Filet in restaurants, because it's usually prepared really dry. Fortunately, MR said his pork was moist and flavorful.


1 Menu Special (Starters + Main Dish) - 19.00 Euros
1 Menu Special (Starters + Main Dish) - 19.00 Euros
1 1L bottle of Evian water - 5.00 Euros
1 Café - 2.00 Euros

TOTAL: 45.00 Euros 

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