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“All's well that ends well?”

Restaurant du Yacht Club de l'Ile d'Yeu
Ranked #26 of 34 Restaurants in Ile d'Yeu
Price range: US$21 - US$84
Cuisines: Diner
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed 10 August 2013

After a morning on the beach, the family was ready to eat. We went to the Yacht Club Restaurant, part of the large Yacht Club complex. A sign on the door indicated this venue has been awarded 3 stars by a tourist board. It looked the part. Three or four lines of tables were set behind a screen against windows looking out at the bay. The rest of the dining room was empty, with furniture piled up, waiting to be put out. It didn't matter that the grandchildren were tired, and we all were sandy, despite our best efforts. We were made welcome. Considering it was Saturday, there wasn't much custom. Service was prompt and polite. English speaking staff were available, but we had two French speakers in the party. The cold beer and soft drinks for the three children appeared soon after our orders were taken. The views were wonderful, apart from an ugly Monterey pine at stage centre. The menu was adequate but not broad. The food was tasty and wholesome. However, even with a native speaker placing the order, there was an extra entree. Worse, the youngest two, 6 and 4 years old, seemed to have been forgotten, their meals appearing only as the adults were finishing theirs. Their father had been donating some of his French fries to them, but as their plates arrived, his unfinished plate of French fries was whisked away. The children showed him no sympathy, but eventually gave him the rest of their chips. The waitress was full of apologies for the delay, the taken away plate wasn't mentioned, and we weren't charged for the extra entree. All's well that ends well.

My recommendation would be the dozen oysters, served in the shell, with a slice of lemon. There was a sauce, vinegar and whole peppers, but I preferred the lemon. I asked for a side dish of green salad, and stole some of the grandchildren's French fries. With the recommended white wine, this provided excellent fare. I also tasted the Hot Goat Cheese salad, and this also was excellent. We indulged ourselves with an ice cream dessert: pleasant but very ordinary.

How can one fairly rank our experience? There were four adults and three children in the party. The adults said the food was excellent, but the mismanagement took the edge off their enjoyment. All said it was a major problem to leave young children waiting so long. Hopefully, this was a one off situation for what appears to be a good restaurant.

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