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    Pasta and omelette? Very odd indeed…😳

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    Jazzy,the omelette was the highlight of the food.Another ‘dish’ was a veal burger in a jus with diced potatoes.The jus had been microwaved away,and the whole thing was vile.

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    More edible than what I had though

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    It definitely depends on the hospital.I have heard that another hospital in the same place,Poitiers,has brilliant food, and wine with lunch and dinner.

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    Send in Jamie Oliver .

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    Send in Jamie Oliver .

    Well somebody is definitely needed, that’s for sure!

    French cuisine??…..utter cra*p!

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    In Hospital or in general?

     

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    In general I reckon,definitely over rated.

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    General

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    I have two thoughts on eating out in France. when I have said that I am not always enamoured by menu ouvriers, it fills a gap for the workes but one can’t really say delicious but many do and I have been slaughtered by people who say I am wrong or even accusations of being a food snob (that’s a laugh, made ‘er indoors grin for sure).

    On the other hand there are some excellent restaurants all over France, we like others no doubt have travelled quite extensively in France for many years and have eaten in some brilliant restos with costs varying a fair bit. The problem comes I think due to listening to the dessert choices, I can often tell the waiter what they have on offer, I expect many on here can as well, very few restos, except the dearer ones, make their own desserts. Starters can be average to excellent and mains, well we are meat and fish eaters, so we are pretty well catered for. So I will say and please don’t anyone turn this in to a “well you can afford it” when I say you do have to pay well over €30, maybe just over €25 to turn an average French meal in to one that is above the average but then you also have to learn where they are, mainly by asking or believing Trip Adviser reviews. We are still learning by asking and reading, also by making mistakes thinking a resto looks nice, so …..

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    But where’s the choice of fresh veg? Where’s the umpteen dishes to choose from (starter, main and desert?)

    And what about the side salad? Lettuce  :negative:

    French cuisine…best in world? I beg to differ! Even Raymond Blanc moved to UK  ;-)   ;-)

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    It’s France..it’s not the uk,

    they don’t serve meat and lots of vegetables…but their kids eat salad s for lunch…beetroot ,celeriac…

    they try things that most British kids wouldn’t!

    you can eat badly in France and in the uk!

    equally you can eat well in both!

     

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    Nice Post and thanks for the information Andy  :good: .

    had to laugh at the late at night postings with lashings of wine helping the fingers do the typing  :-) again.

    Must say how you can call ” French cuisine??…..utter cra*p! ” Buddylux , the shellfish is fantastic & cheap as chips here and so fresh, or are you a fishfinger eater  B-) .

     

     

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    From my experiences I agree with you Roger.
    Plats and Formulas are mostly quantity not quality, enjoyable with friends and the buckets of wine.
    A nice meal for, perhaps the two of you, will be double or more unless you have local information of a little gem.
    However,being the Pleb that I am, I can shiver with ecstasy at a placcy dish of sausage and chips at a Vide Greniere.
    And a wee snog with Mme Merlot.
    Happiness is.

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    But where’s the choice of fresh veg? Where’s the umpteen dishes to choose from (starter, main and desert?) And what about the side salad? Lettuce :negative: French cuisine…best in world? I beg to differ! Even Raymond Blanc moved to UK ;-) ;-)

    As I said, you have to pay more to get better fayre, that is probably the same all over Europe. Many restos will offer you a lot more choice than a standard every day resto. The French say they are the best (they probably aren’t) as they are proud of many gastronomic regions which really do offer wonderful and more often than not, an excellent menu.

    Raymond Blanc is unknown outside the UK, there are hundreds and more, excellent French chefs here in France, so a Frenchman who is a chef in the UK is no big deal to anyone in France :good:

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    John, nice of you to make an appearance  :good:

    Please don’t ‘assume’, that when people talk their mind, that they have been drinking. Very rude of you to say so. If you feel the need to only comment on here when you’ve had a drink, then that’s your ‘problem’

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    From my experiences I agree with you Roger. Plats and Formulas are mostly quantity not quality, enjoyable with friends and the buckets of wine. A nice meal for, perhaps the two of you, will be double or more unless you have local information of a little gem. However,being the Pleb that I am, I can shiver with ecstasy at a placcy dish of sausage and chips at a Vide Greniere. And a wee snog with Mme Merlot. Happiness is.

     

    :good: Yes, the Formules, menu ouvrier are mainly there to cater for the workers of whom many will have their cheque dejeuner vouchers etc from their company, so prices are intentionally kept low to attract the workers, well to capture those that lunch they have to be, if they don’t vans and cars by the bucketful will be seen outside one that offers something eatable with a price to suit. I love your description of eating in one…. Of all the many delicacies I have eaten and all the foodie joints we have been to, my favourite one course is: egg, bacon and chips….. :good:   ;-)

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    Must say how you can call ” French cuisine??…..utter cra*p! ” Buddylux , the shellfish is fantastic & cheap as chips here and so fresh, or are you a fishfinger eater B-) .[/quote]

    I actually don’t like shellfish, but do love a fish finger sandwich  :good:

    Many people also do not like shellfish…..so where’s our ‘great choice’?

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    Shellfish is  well just that.Throw it into a pan or water and hey ho it’s put on a plate.It isn’t cuisine ,it’s just shellfish. Mind you I’m biased as I don’t teally like the stuff.

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    Exactly Brit, And it all just smells the same……of the sea  :negative:

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    Brit & Buddy !.

    Oysters freshly picked off Binic beach and Winkel’s and a few whelks is pure heaven ( only take a small bucket full when I go ) , but they are fantastic especially the oysters eaten raw and chewed and swilled round your  cheeks topped of with a glass of cidre…..fantastic  :good: .

    Must admit Buddy,i do like a fishfinger butty with tom sauce on  :-) .

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    Oh John, that honestly does nothing for me! I’m typing here pulling a face! (That’s the oysters and whelks, not the fish finger butty ) ;-)

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    We are blessed with La Volterra and La Chaland in Chateauneuf du Faou and Le Bienvenue in Roudouallec. Food is excellent but I’m fed up with scabby lettuce on my plate. Mind you this is prevalent in France as a whole. I hate it and it is banned for Anne since her cancer op.

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    On the very rare occasion that Mr F. & I eat out it’s where the budget allows which is usually the restaurant where there are lots of workmen’s van parked in the car park, a very extensive eat as much as you like buffet starter, choice of a good filling main, cheese, dessert, coffee. For drinkers a bottle of wine and a bottle of cider on the table  – 12 euros – what’s not to like?

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    Just don’t like the choice….even if ‘good value for money’. The only thing that makes it ‘good value for money’, is the bottle of plonk! In uk, it’s £12 plus for the wine alone

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    Starters…. sliced pig brain, tripe or lettuce

    Main… omelette, sardines or ‘stringy’ steak (could be horse), served with frozen chips and tinned green beans (if your lucky)

    Desert…chocolate mousse with a ‘cats tongue biscuit’….again if your lucky

    Oh and then the most unhygenic cheese board! Passed from table to table, over people’s heads, manhandled with workmans hands, (not forgetting coughed and sneezed on)

    Nearly forgot the French bread which over 100 flies have puked on…………..but guess what?…water, wine and sometimes cider on the table  :good:

    Feel great when I walk out of there because only paid 12€ for the privilege  :good:

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    You’ve just reminded me why I am not enamoured with menu ouvrier meals and it would appear you have judged French restaurants by them. The wine is generally awful, a certain BIB wine that may have passed its “sell by date” in other words in the case of red, left out in summer/warm weather, the shelf life is not too long and best fed to the chips…..Have you never in your days here gone to a decent restaurant and had really good plates from a delightful menu?

     

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    Never had tripe or sliced pig’s brain, nor omelette, nor sardines and don’t choose steak, always had in the buffet starter lovely fresh sliced cold hams & different meats, eggs, a variety of salads and everything is always very fresh. Main course is often a choice of chicken or another meat served with a choice of rice, pasta, potatoes or, yes, chips if you want them. Dessert different fruit tarts to choose from, ice cream or a choice of mousses. I don’t usually have room for the cheese and don’t drink alcohol so couldn’t say what quality it is and yes I do come out saying what good value it is AND for a meal of good quality.

    In response to your question Roger, although it may or may not have been directed at me, yes my brother insisted on taking us to one such restaurant, we won’t ever go there again!

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    It wasn’t directed at you but never mind. Strange thing to say though fruitcake :yes my brother insisted on taking us to one such restaurant, we won’t ever go there again!

    Doesn’t really mean much does it? It’s like saying we went to the only resto in France that you described and we won’t ever go there again. There are hundreds and hundreds of restaurants of the type that I described. I guess the obvious question is, where was it and how much?

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    Horses for courses. Has anyone eaten horse? It was for sale at Leclerc in Gourin recently, much redder than beef, but I’ve no idea of the taste.

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