“ French / Address: 45 Oxford Street / Weston Super Mare / BS23 1TN / Tel: (01934) 643200 „
When it comes to places to eat in Weston Super Mare, we are awash with them. Course we have plenty of chippies and the likes being a seaside town but among all that we have a huge Greek sector offering gorgeous delicacies and the usual Chinese and Indians and the likes. One place I didn't know existed till the other week was this little gem of a restaurant, a stones throw from the sea front and up on a main road. I only noticed it in the first place due to a huge blackboard out the front listing the specials and when I noted the prices both me and my friend was unable to resist the special offer lunch deal with two courses (starter and a main) for £6.95 and being 'French' inspired really had us curious! The restaurant though from the front is easy to miss. Dark grey, small door with a large window looks like a shop front and sadly there is no parking at all near here. The Place: Flute De Paris 45 Oxford Street Weston Super Mare BS23 1TN Tel: (01934) 643200 Opening Times: Mon-Fri 12:00-14:00 & 18:30-22:00 Sat 18:30-22:00 Sun 12:00-14:00 The Restaurant: With its intimate feel but still plenty of dark wood tables and chairs this is a wheelchair friendly and child friendly restaurant. With opulent, thick tapestry curtains, cream drapes hanging from the ceiling this is very formal looking dining room but calm and not over the top with gentle classical music playing in the background and it simply comes across as civilised. Our table was dressed on our arrival with a beautiful white tablecloth and silver cutlery all gleaming and with glasses set up ready. We had a big mound of fresh, crusty bread and pots of butter to tuck into and when we ate that got cos we were ravenous we got another two lots delivered. I did think we would be charged for that and the pot of green and black olives though the olives did not get replaced however these were not put on the bill which we were really impressed with! We went for the set meal which consisted of starters and a main, two options available for both and each one had a vegetarian starter and main available. You can of course go for the set meal (which plenty of customers did) or go for for food from the al la carte menu which also has desserts on it too. The evening menu has no set options so can work out a little more expensive of course. For starters both me and my friend went for pasta in a cheese sauce with vegetables and chicken. Warm, plentiful and absolutely cooked to perfection this le poulet linguine was to die for and so impressed was I actually asked the waitress if this could be made into a main course on request and she said it definitely could be! For the main courses we had le poulet et la salade which of course is chicken and salad. We also ordered frites and we were advised to order one portion which came out in abundance that we shared and we paid an extra £1.95 for those and they were delicious and well worth the money. The chicken was a leg and had the skin on and was crispy and the side salad was fresh and crispy and once again the portions were very generous, hot and very filling indeed. Service was excellent, smart black and white dressed staff were clean and conscientious. They quickly took our order, were knowledgeable about the food on offer and kept tables clean and tidy at all time. Also there were plenty of staff about and a calm, relaxed atmosphere. The small bar is well stocked with a variety of hot and cold beverages on offer ,a bottle of beer is around £3.75 a bottle as well as it being on tap, shorts about three quid each and bottles of wine starting at about £13.85 and soft drinks (which we had a coke each) was a couple of pounds each and of course lattes and coffees and the likes. The toilets include a disabled one and all were clean and pretty uneventful really! All in all this is a fabulous restaurant with fresh crayfish, moules mariners, steak and vegetarian dishes though if not on a set menu offer are expensive at about an average of £14.00 a head for the mains however this is a classy restaurant with top notch service and attention to detail and a warm welcome for families as well as business parties. The food is fabulous and I can't wait to return to eat a small pan of duphonaise potatoes next time I'm there! I can't tell you what the desserts are as we didn't have any but we did see large portions of tarts and things fly by us and they cost around £7.00 a head but did smell and look great. Recommended from me this is a gorgeous restaurant in every way!