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Sunday, February 10, 2008

cannes dinner 2: not at soleado

I can't remember the name of the place I had dinner the second night in Cannes. We were planning to eat at a Mexican place called Soleado but they were closed for the night due to some unforeseen incident which was explained in French on a piece of paper tacked onto their doors. So our group of seven decided to head back to the neighborhood we had eaten in the night before but any place that looked halfway decent was booked up or not overly enticing for the three vegetarians in the group.

Eventually we wound up at some place where we had the pleasure of breaking the dining seal. Though the restaurant was completely empty, the hostess asked us if we minded being split up into two tables. Uh, yes. So not only were these people insane, but the restaurant was also such a clusterfuck with a flat screen television (airing a bizzaro dubbed version of the the Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony" video when we walked in), a waterfall, color changing lights and oversized chairs. And they momentarily misplaced my sweater at the end of the night!

I ordered a tomato, mozzarella and pesto salad to begin with and the onglet (hanger steak) but because it wasn't available, settled for the flank steak with pommes dauphinois. My starter was surprisingly enjoyable (aside from the store-bought, uniformly sized croutons), but the meat got tougher and chewier as the night progressed. My coworker Madeline, who sat next to me, ordered a pasta with grilled prawns, which were comically huge.

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