we got a late start since it's saturday and we slept in.
first stop was la patate. a quaint french place with a menu that is all in french. we were both really hungry and hoping to have some good food. my limited french helped us make out the menu. i had been craving french fries, so i ordered a standard size with aioli sauce. this place is supposed to be known for their fries. i also ordered a ham and cheese sandwich (jambon fromage). paul ordered an omelette with bacon and cheese. for drinks, paul went with an orangina soda and i had a leffe brown (belgian beer). my sandwich arrived first and it was nicely presented, but it had cheese on it that was from a plastic package (think processed slices)....really? come on, what a way to kill a meal. the rest of it was okay, but the cheese choice really was sad. major let down. paul's omelette came and he claims it was hard to eat. the bacon in it was the fatty parts and they were little chunks. the omelette was super runny. he struggled to get it down. the fries came last and they were thick and mushy. not a fan....the aioli sauce was super oily and had little flavor other than oil and garlic. we paid much more than the meal was worth, but we left quite disappointed.
next stop was the raffles hotel le royal. we went to the one in siem reap and it was awesome. we were hoping for the same awe here. the hotel itself is historical and romantic. i always wish i had been traveling in the era of the indochina days when we are there. such adventurous feelings.....traveling at times when luggage consisted of large steamer trunks covered in stickers from all over the world. yes, please. we checked out their restaurant menu--it's only open for dinner and quite pricey, but the menu has some promise. then we went to the cafe. nice too and they have weekend buffets here. we will come back for those. our last stop was at the conservatory/writer's bar. i ordered high tea and paul ordered a lime juice and caprese salad. my latte was quite milky and the high tea sandwiches were not that tasty at all. i loved the scones, but wished there were more than just the wee little ones i got two of. the chocolate desserts were nice and the spreads were quite yummy. i was a bit sad though that the cost did not match quality though. not worth the $15. paul's salad was just okay. he was not impressed. he was wishing he had a jenny's caprese salad because he claims hers are the best.
sad, but true. it was quite a disappointing dining day for us. hope it will improve as the weekend crawls on.....