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Asparagus Appero Velouté ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Oeuf Mollet ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

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Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

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Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

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Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

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Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

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Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

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Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

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Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

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Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

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Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

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Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

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Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

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Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

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Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

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Susie's Comfort Risotto

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

PIZZA FACE!

..in my face?

Time for a rant!


What is it about me and getting bad salads?


How is it possible in this culinary capital that one can simply not find decent salads.


Further, why is it that restaurants will not own up to their inept efforts?
Do they not need to keep their clients?

This week at a very well known and popular Bordeaux Italian eatery, this Desperate Anglo Housewife, in keeping with her spring purge, ordered a salad. It was called " Fresh Pasta Salad " and was described as assorted lettuces, fresh pasta, mozzarella, tuna, tomato, pesto..." 
Sounded good.


The restaurant in question has the Italian food lovers lining up for hours to sit down to their fabulous pizzas, mixed antipasti plates etc.With their fame and success  perhaps they have lost touch with the reality of customer service and a perfected menu?
I have been going there for years and years and have never had a reason to complain. Their pizzas are frankly fabulous and their desserts, wonderful. They have a great wine cellar.


My friends and I did note a certain drop in the table set up...where have the pepper and salt mills gone? Why are there plastic Cerebos salt and pepper packs straight of the grocer shelf on the table...not a good look!! Cheap!


Back to my lunch...my companions' steaming pizzas arrived and then came my salad. 


Served on a flat plate was a couple of very boring chopped iceberg lettuce leaves, a handful of overcooked white pasta, a sprinkle of crumbled tuna ( say, a tablespoon at tops) and as for the mozzarella another tablespoon of mozzarella "micro-crumbs" no slices at all. Let's not forget the 2 half cherry tomatos. No pesto, no seasoning, no colour. Game over!!


A bottle of vinegar and one of olive oil were unceremoniously plonked in front of me. I nearly asked for a bowl,whisk and apron!


I had a couple of mouthfuls of what only could be described as overpriced, tasteless disappointment. I very politely asked the waitress to take it away stating that it really was not what I had expected and held no interest whatsoever. I foolishly apologised about 20 times!
She kindly asked me if I would like something else. I declined..actually, I was really embarrased as I have always loved eating there.


When we went to pay I was rather surprised to see my "salad" still on the bill. I said to the chap at the checkout, very quietly, that actually I had sent it back as "it wasn't up to your usual standards"...and then came the " client is king" in reverse..
 "Oh but it is my favourite salad," he said. I smiled at him and said " Yes, But I am the client." "We serve 400 people a day and noone has ever complained" he retorted, clearly having no intention of any gesture of goodwill towards a client of many years.


Well guess that will be 399 clients now!


And back to France where the client is NEVER king and yet another restaurant to strike off my list.


Time for some comfort food.
Always a total pushover for roasted chicken I also love cooking Coquelet...wee baby chooks. They are quick to roast and succulent to boot. 


Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet


Stuffing:
1 cup good quality ground pork
handful pistachios
6 - 7 dried apricots
fresh bay leaves
3 lemons - one zested.
half a cup fresh bread crumbs
salt pepper
olive oil
dry white martini


Put ground pork, pistachios, apricots, lemon zest, salt and pepper, bread crumbs in a food processor and zap until uniform. Stuff your birds. Cut one lemon in half and use this as a "plug" for the stuffing....sounds grotesque but will infuse beautifully.


Massage each bird with olive oil, salt and pepper and squeeze over juice of third lemon. 
Tuck fresh bay leaves under wings or legs.
Place in roasting dish and pour in dry white martini to about 2 cm height. This will stop birds from drying out and will add to perfumes.


Roast at 180° until golden and juices run clear.


Serve with mountains of garlic-roasted potatos and fresh mesclun salad.





17 comments:

  1. I can guess the restaurant! They are damn arrogant too.
    You should have refused to pay.

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  2. Thanks for this post!
    When will they learn in france about client service?
    Your post just heightened one of my own experiences this week. I also apologised in my anglosaxon way and got pooh poohed at and tsked by the waiter.

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  3. @ John.Thanks for your comment. Happy to see this is not just me. I do seem to be doing alot of complaining about client service this year.

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  4. I remember questioning a vinaigrette asking why they had used one out of a bottle. The waiter went away and came back later saying it wasn't out of a bottle but fresh.

    Like I can't tell bottled muck from fresh vinegar/oil. He insisted too. I just glared at the little spotty twerp, who went off happy, and we left happy in the thought we'd never go there again.

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  5. Thanks Suzy for yet another subject for my book club. We seem to speak more about issues in your blog than the books.
    ps I ordered the Run FB Run book too!!

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  6. Thanks for your candour.

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  7. mmm that look so yum

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  8. They have always been arrogant, but up until now the food has been delicious. However, when they start to take things for granted, all good things can come to an end. You cannot only live on your past reputation. Customer service is such an integral part of it, that it’ll make you or brake you sooner or later.
    France still has a lot to learn when it comes to that.

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  9. Restaurant rage. Feeling it for you. Why do successful restaurants in France always make you feel like you are so lucky to be there? Bloody stupid.
    I live in Paris which is probably even worse than Bordeaux for this. Really appreciate what you write.

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  10. Susy only you would massage a chicken. Chooks last rights?

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  11. This has to be Peppone?

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  12. Over time I learned never to apologise...the merest hint of an 'I'm sorry but this is inedible/not as described on the menu/recycled from someone else's rejected meal' and the restaurant staff are through your guard in a flash.

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  13. @ Fly, sadly correct. Lesson well learnt.Butultimately they are the losers, one client less!

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  14. Suzie why did you even pay?

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  15. @ Joshua....I do not know. let us just call it anglo saxon cringe???

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