PLACEinProfile: LE BAR à Vin at Galeries Lafayette

LE BAR à Vin at Galeries Lafayette this month ran a promotion offering oysters at 1 euro each, how could one resist!

LE BAR à Vin is located in the basement of Galeries Lafayette Berlin, amongs the gourmet food department, and offers a traditional French bistro menu.

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Oysters weren’t quite enough for a hungry boy like myself, so of course I had to indulge myself with  a Roquefort burger and some frites.

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The burger was delicious – a nice thick patty with all the usual garnishes, and nice slab of roquefort. I don’t usually like roquefort that much, but combined with the meaty beef juices of the burger, it was quite delicious.

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The frites were also great, and were fried in what must have been lard – or something meat-tinged and fatty. Healthy they weren’t, but tasty they were!

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Finally, the oysters arrived. Boom.

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The ice platter was piled high with 36 oysters, and some classic accompaniments.

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The oysters were huge. Like huge. I regretfully have to say that I did not enjoy them at all. I am normally a big oyster fan, but these were WAY too salty, too fishy, and too big. They lacked the usual distinctly lemony taste of a fresh oyster, and instead just tasted like fishy salt water. The giant size of them made them difficult to palette.

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The service at LE BAR à Vin could also do with some improvements. There just wasn’t enough waiters, and it was a push to get anything – water, another knife, etc.

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I would recommend the restaurant, as the food-scene around Friedrichstraße can certainly be a little desolate, so this is a decent pit stop for a nice French bistro lunch.

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LE BAR à Vin at Galeries Lafayette,Friedrichstr. 76-78, 10117 Berlin

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