This restaurant presents itself as a French bistro through its name and offering a typical French menu with an Eiffel Tower graphic on its website. This led us to having certain expectations of a pseudo-French dining experience in Sweden.
Upon entering the establishment, a mix of Swedish summer classics (“Sol vind och vatten”, “Hey Monica”) plus pre-2000 pop songs (Gloria Gaynor, Lenny Kravitz, Haddaway) played on the overhead sound system. We found this to clash with the supposed French-ness of the place, the dreary, October weather, and the fact that it’s 2017.
When we were lead to our table, the server reminded us that our booking only lasted until 19:00 (two hours). We found this to be unnecessary as it already expresses suspicion that we may overstay our welcome (which I’ve only experienced to be limited in Stockolm).
We ordered starters, entrees and glasses of wine from our server. She delivered the wine, but the food was delivered by a busboy type. He was very smiley, but we suspect that he did not speak much Swedish, so he did not ask if we needed anything else in either Swedish or English. Our original server never came back to ask either. She also never asked us if we wanted second glasses of wine. My partner needed to make a specific request.
No complimentary bread was served. I ordered the moules; my parter had the steak tartar. The moules came with the traditional side of fries; the tartar had a few potato chips circling the plate. Bread would have been a welcome addition to both the meals, so we asked for some. We were informed that a “side order” of two thin slices of levain would cost us 35 crowns extra. Dead Parisian restauranteurs must have turned in their graves when we were informed of this.
Our flask of water was never refilled throughout the evening (we emptied it during the entree).
We had to wait quite some time for the busboy to clear our plates, and once the server asked if we wanted to look at the dessert menu, it took her quite some time (approx. 5 minutes) to return to take our order and then further time (another approx. 8 minutes) to have the dessert and coffee delivered.
The food was good, so the kitchen held up their side of the bargain. It was the evening's only redeeming quality as the service was certainly lackluster. It was a Saturday evening, and the place was busy, but if anyone would have explained that they were swamped (it didn’t seem so to us), we would have been very forgiving. Our opinion is that we were somewhat forgotten or at least not at all prioritized in any way. And paying for a small portion of bread at a supposedly French establishment seemed particularly stingy.
GooglePlace - October 2017
The place is nice, but a bit pricey and in particular I'd say that the expectations from burgers didn't match with their price (22.5 EUR per stuk). A menu in English would be a nice addition.
GooglePlace - December 2016