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Jul 9, 2007 05:02 PM

worst french food in baltimore

went to brasserie tatin recently. interior is very modern. food was a waste of money and time. had the country pate, escargot and onion soup. it was pure disappointment across the board. all lacked flavor. the terrine had no flavor of liver of any kind. soup was bland as well as the escargot. for main, the table had the roast chix, steak frite and mussels. again, it was a sheer disappointment. all the food lacked seasoning. the chix and hangar was tough. the mussels tasted like it was watered down. what a waste of money.

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  1. I recently visited as well, and had what should have been the pleasure of indulging in 6 or 7 courses on someone else's dime.

    We had the pate, steak frites, roasted chicken, escargots, mussels, three desserts and maybe something else in there that clearly wasn't memorable. The night's winner... definitely a toss up between the bread and the wine.

    Absolutely disappointing. Our chicken wasn't tough, but the hangar was supposed to be medium and came out mid-well at its rarest point. Snails and mussels didn't even manage to soak up the taste of their thin, unremarkable sauces. Absolutely *nothing* came out properly seasoned. Edible food at the level of uninspired mediocrity.

    Apple dessert was disgustingly sweet, baked alaska was the only enjoyable dish of the evening (only after we discovered the bit of ice cream beneath the meringue), and I can't even remember which dessert was our third.

    Had you not mentioned the onion soup, which we didn't have, I might have thought you were one of my dining companions.

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    1. re: asiege2

      I went there a year ago--cant remember the meal, but it was not very good. bad service as well. I'll stick with Petit Louis, which also has serious flaws, but at least the food is good.

    2. The only thing we really cared for was the tuna tartar with watermelon. Unusual, but it worked.

      1. I agree. I've been there for drinks, and the lounge area in the front is a nice place to sit with friends, but I think it's hugely overpriced for the mediocre product. I find that in a lot of Baltimore restaurants - so many of them fall short of good food, even if the restaurant itself is nice. Petit Louis has been declining for the past year or so, but I still prefer it to Brasserie Tatin.

        1. I hate to say it, but "French food" and "good" don't usually go together in Baltimore.

          As an alternative, I've found the food at Cafe du Paris in Columbia to be quite enjoyable.

          1. I'd agree with everyone's assessments of Brasserie Tatin. Some friends of mine and I are going to Paris in October, and we thought it'd be really nice to visit the local French restaurants, in both Baltimore and DC, before going over. Brasserie was our first stop, and it was such a disappointment. The best part of the meal was the pomme frites, and I'm pretty sure it's hard to mess those up. Service wasn't great, either.

            I really like Petit Louis. Having been there about a half dozen times, I don't think it's lost its luster, even though it is quite loud. Also, Tersiguel's in Ellicott City has more of a country French feeling to it. Atmosphere is inviting and warm--and so is the service--and the food is nearly flawless. For French pastries, you can't go anywhere else but Patissiere Poupon. Three words: to die for!