Saturday, March 17, 2012

LE STEAK FAIL



I have said it before, not all comes up smelling like Roses when you move to a different country. No matter what images your mind conjures up when you dream about Cheese, Croissants or Michelin dining, France has it's fair share of crap restaurants as well. Just as any other country. 
It's just that crap stands out more over here in France, since all you see when dreaming about moving here, is the great images of fresh food markets or TV Shows about La Grande Bouffe en France. (Has anyone seen this movie from 1973?)

Unfortunately 95% of all restaurants close after lunch to give their staff a break (and for sure save on labor costs) before they reopen for dinner service.
Our meeting one day ran late and at the restaurant we wanted to eat at, well, the Chef already cleaned his knifes and wanted to go home for a nap. Well deserved.
"Essayez Le Buff", the waitress casually told us on the way out, they for sure are open all day. And I thought she liked us. We are the ones with the mignon accent when ordering, remember? Not to mention my Canadian sized tip...

Anyway. Buffalo Grill is a french chain of what they perceive an American steakhouse to be. It just seems it was thought up in 1984 and never updated since. the decor is hard core red vinyl with brass accents all around, you know that shiny gold brass. 

The food, the food. Outback on it's worst day serves a better piece of red meat than Buffalo Grill any day.
On the ill informed waitress' advise I ordered a Charolais entrecote, which to my shock was brutal. Tough, with zero flavor. Twenty Euro bucks. 

If I were French and dine at Buffalo Frill,  my image of America would be ruined to no end. Stale popcorn, Iceberg lettuce with Kraft dressing, frozen french fries a la Sysco, all that served without a smile. NOT American. Not at all.


BUFFALO GRILL

TOUS ROUGE

WOULD A COWBOY ORDER A COUPE MOJITO?

WITH CALIFORNIA RED!

NEEDED LOTS OF THOSE SPICES.

TRES CHIC

20.00 EURO FAIL

HARICOTS VERTS  BIEN CUIT
BENNIGAN'S CA. 1984

NON, MERCI


3 comments:

claudine said...

Mon Dieu - even the green beans look appropriately over-cooked! Cracks me up to see "bad" 80's American so well interpreted. Sorry you had to face such a dismal meal!

Ken Broadhurst said...

Quelle idée d'aller manger dans un endroit pareil ! Really, though, vegetables in France, including green beans, are served cooked, not crunchy. And the steak is grass-fed beef, sans hormones de croissance. So it's different. Maybe an acquired taste.

Ken Broadhurst said...

And that California rouge... how exotic.