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Ardeche – resteraunt review

By Special G 21 April 2008 32

With Baby G tucked up soundly at her nan’s and the G2 family addition just around the corner the missus and I kicked up our heels with a night out on the town. I dug through the entertainment guide and found Ardeche located on the corner of City Walk and Ainslie Avenue opposite the entrance to the Canberra Centre.

On the atmosphere front Ardeche is doing really well. Good decor and set up appears mainly for couples dining which was evident with the patrons. We were greated by friendly/polite staff who were great throughout the evening.

Ardeche has a menu complimented with a large blackboard of specials giving you plenty of options. Following some very tasty honey, garlic roasemary bread for mains I ordered the lamb cutlet with seeded mustard and veges off the blackboard whilst Mrs G had the stuffed chicken breast off the regular menu. When the food arrived I was greated by a small portion on a large plate (I should have guessed when the menu said cutlet – singular) and while the sauce was very tasty the cutlet was overcooked and a bit dry. Mrs G made the same comment about the chicken being dry. The side salad on the other hand was large and extremely tasty.

For desert I had the Croquembouche (couple of profiteroles and spun toffee) which was great. Mrs G had the Creme Broulee which although very tasty was small.

Summing up Ardeche I think they serve a tasty dish although overpriced for the portion size with great atmosphere.

Following dinner we skipped on over to Dendy and checked out Lars and the real girl. An incredibly funny take on delusional mental illness – go check it out.

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EvanJames 10:05 am 16 Dec 11

Heh. Has Mezzelirra ever been out of the Canberra’s Best Restaurants list?

Deref 7:26 am 16 Dec 11

astrojax said :

Deref said :

Danman said :

Mrs G had the Creme Broulee

Genuine South Coast Dessert ?

😀 Good one.

Thanks for the review – I know what to avoid. I detest restaurants that have tiny servings (unless the prices are equally tiny) – it shows contempt for their customers. If I’m caught and end up at one without knowing that they do this, I’ll never go back and I’ll pan it to all my friends.

There was, and maybe still is, an Italian restaurant on the corner of Moore St and London Cct that I got conned into once. As Dubya once said, “fool me once, shame on…me…fool me…twice…you won’t get fooled again.”

I can’t understand why they do it. The cost of ingredients must be a relatively small proportion of their costs.

do moore st and london cct intersect? suspect you mean mezzalira and the portion size there is entirely adequate; and the quality much better!

Thanks – yes – that’s the place. Mea culpa. Perhaps a declining clientele made them realise that they actually have to feed people. If so, good thing.

astrojax 9:35 pm 15 Dec 11

Deref said :

Danman said :

Mrs G had the Creme Broulee

Genuine South Coast Dessert ?

😀 Good one.

Thanks for the review – I know what to avoid. I detest restaurants that have tiny servings (unless the prices are equally tiny) – it shows contempt for their customers. If I’m caught and end up at one without knowing that they do this, I’ll never go back and I’ll pan it to all my friends.

There was, and maybe still is, an Italian restaurant on the corner of Moore St and London Cct that I got conned into once. As Dubya once said, “fool me once, shame on…me…fool me…twice…you won’t get fooled again.”

I can’t understand why they do it. The cost of ingredients must be a relatively small proportion of their costs.

do moore st and london cct intersect? suspect you mean mezzalira and the portion size there is entirely adequate; and the quality much better!

ardeche is always a reasonable version of french cuisine, if a little dry and non-adventurous. three course usually has me full enough, if not bloated, but then that’s not what i’m out for. i still miss poor departed daniel and his chez daniel for some decent french cooking in canberra. p’raps julia’s goon squad can target the euro-depleted french and get someone with a smidgeon of talent and enterprise and get some decent french food happening in cosmopolitan canberra – or am i missing somewhere?

LSWCHP 7:49 pm 15 Dec 11

JD114 said :

i stand by assertion that postings like this can be manipulated in so many ways that to have them on here risks destroying this site. we’ll see

I reckon that you might be underestimating the intelligence of most Rioters, and the effectiveness of their bullshit meters.

My experience has been that bogus advertorials on this site get slaughtered, as they deserve, and fair dinkum appraisals by genuine punters like SG are welcomed, as they deserve.

And as others have commented, this review isn’t exactly singing their praises.

Deref 7:12 pm 15 Dec 11

Danman said :

Mrs G had the Creme Broulee

Genuine South Coast Dessert ?

😀 Good one.

Thanks for the review – I know what to avoid. I detest restaurants that have tiny servings (unless the prices are equally tiny) – it shows contempt for their customers. If I’m caught and end up at one without knowing that they do this, I’ll never go back and I’ll pan it to all my friends.

There was, and maybe still is, an Italian restaurant on the corner of Moore St and London Cct that I got conned into once. As Dubya once said, “fool me once, shame on…me…fool me…twice…you won’t get fooled again.”

I can’t understand why they do it. The cost of ingredients must be a relatively small proportion of their costs.

Rusalka 5:57 pm 15 Dec 11

My boss went here on Monday and reported that the food wasn’t that great and very salty. And the snails didn’t come in the shell and strongly resembled frozen ones. Last time I went in mid-2010 I’d agree with the overly salty comment. Sounds like it hasn’t changed from their report.

I-filed 5:45 pm 15 Dec 11

“Creme Broulee” …. garnished with seaweed? : )

fromthecapital 5:24 pm 15 Dec 11

chewy14 said :

fromthecapital said :

Just wanted to hear opinions on how well Ardeche execute the dish.

I’ve only had them a few times and only here in Australia so I can’t comment how good they are relative to the real deal in France but IMO Ardeche does an OK job of them, the snails weren’t tough and the sauce was good.

Merci bien

Jim Jones 4:24 pm 15 Dec 11

chewy14 said :

fromthecapital said :

Just wanted to hear opinions on how well Ardeche execute the dish.

I’ve only had them a few times and only here in Australia so I can’t comment how good they are relative to the real deal in France but IMO Ardeche does an OK job of them, the snails weren’t tough and the sauce was good.

I’ve only eaten at Ardeche once and the food wasn’t great. The snails were overcooked and tough, and the duck was also dry and overcooked.

Was probably an off night for them. From the reasonably positive reviews here, I reckon I should probably try again.

chewy14 4:16 pm 15 Dec 11

fromthecapital said :

Just wanted to hear opinions on how well Ardeche execute the dish.

I’ve only had them a few times and only here in Australia so I can’t comment how good they are relative to the real deal in France but IMO Ardeche does an OK job of them, the snails weren’t tough and the sauce was good.

fromthecapital 4:05 pm 15 Dec 11

chewy14 said :

fromthecapital said :

Has anyone tried the escargot here? I’m booked in and I want decide whether to try it.

If you like picking your nose, then dipping the snot in a lovely garlic butter sauce before eating it, then you’ll love the snails.
I know I did.

I’ve had it a few times.. France and northern Spain..

I would say if you like prawns and squid you will like snails.

Just wanted to hear opinions on how well Ardeche execute the dish.

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