This elegant French restaurant was one of the first of its kind in the South Bay. Inside you will find soft blues, chandeliers, and original works of ... More
La Mere Michelle
This elegant French restaurant was one of the first of its kind in the South Bay. Inside you will find soft blues, chandeliers, and original works of art adorning the walls. The owner is educated in the culinary arts of Europe, and the service is beyond impeccable. Everything is made to order including the Breast of Duckling Sauteed with Cherry Brandy. From the patio enjoy a great view of the street and passersby. It is a fine choice for private parties, and the wine list is extensive, containing many California reds, French Bordeaux wines and more than 20 Port varieties.
I eat everything from $5 In-n-Out to $400 Masa's dinners, and La Mere Michelle was by far the worst dining experience ever. I don't mind paying top dollar if the food is good, but sadly it wasn't. But here's the worst part: halfway through our dinner my baby wet his diaper and pants and started to whine, so my wife took him to the restroom to change. When she came out the owner of the restaurant snarled to my baby, "The boogey man's gonna get you!" My wife ignored him until he came up to our table and said it a second time. I don't appreciate anybody harassing and scaring my child, so we walked out. The owner said, "I have other customers I have to think about." I responded, "Then don't worry about it. You won't see us again and we won't bother you anymore." I'll never visit this horrid place again. The Plumed Horse is just a couple blocks away. I wouldn't be surprised if La Mere Michelle closed down sometime soon.
Yes, this restaurant has been around a while and perhaps, once upon a time, it may have been a pretty nice place to eat. Those days are over. My husband and I, and another couple had dinner there this evening and what a disappointment. We paid $25.00 each for two orders of foie gras, which I would gladly pay if it were properly prepared, but this was just SAD. The miniscule portions of foie gras rested on a large mound of wilted greens, topped with deep fried (not carmelized as described by our waiter) onions, all drowining in a balsamic sauce which may have been fine if had been allowed to reduce and mellow. Instead the balsamic was way too sharp and the foie gras wasn't properly seared (what little of it there was). The lobster in my entree was tough, but the sherry sauce was okay. My Crepe Suzette was inedible. Cloyingly sweet, it was a crepe folded over globs of orange marmalade. No trace of Grand Marnier. I left it uneaten. The waiter and the owner both asked me if I liked it after they noticed it went uneaten. Somehow they didn't get it. Even when I finally admitted that I didn't. To be fair, my dining partners said their entrees were fine (filet mignon, venison, and the duck), but even they felt that the filet with brie was overpriced at $42.00. Our bill was over $340.00 and it was definitely not worth it. The restaurant is dated and so is the menu. I hear it's been around for 20 years, but I think it's time to close the doors and take the money and run.