We decided to go out today, but as it rained all morning we didn’t leave until just before lunch. So our lunch venue had to be relatively near home. We have had mixed experience with L’Auberge du Grison in Prayes and so decided to give them another try. The first time we went in December 2005 the food and ambience were fantastic, but I have a feeling that the owners have changed since then.
The last time we went to the restaurant, the owner was brusque to rude and the waitress was hopeless to appalling, but it was a busy Sunday lunchtime in summer and we decided they were just having an off day.
Today we were the only lunch guests and we were greeted somewhat brusquely by the owner, but the weather was miserable, so what do you expect. I decided to have steak haché (minced steak patty) and Cees wanted the plat de jour. My request was greeted with “That is normally for children” which made me feel like replying, “Well why is it on the grown-up’s menu then”, but I decided better of it. After a long discussion about the fact that it was only 100g (the normal weight for a steak haché in my book) I agreed to order it and asked for it to be cooked rare, which was drew the response, “It’s a burger, you can’t cook burgers rare”, “Oh so it’s not a steak haché then?” I replied. “It says steak haché burger quite clearly on the menu” she retorted. Now I must say, with my experience in the food industry, I think that there is about 0% steak in a burger no matter what it’s called, but I let it drop and ordered it anyway. Cees’ request for the plat du jour was greeted with, “So you don’t want the menu then?” “No” he confirmed.
Not a very pleasant interaction with the dear lady, but the meal arrived and the burger was OK and Cees’ food was very good. Now on to the bill. We were charged 13.70 Euros for Cees’ plat du jour which I queried as that was more than the menu de jour at 12.50 Euros which had a salad to start and a dessert afterwards as well. We were told in no uncertain terms that if you order à la carte you paid a higher price, end of discussion.