Had booked La Villa but after reading rave reviews, decided to change my booking to L'essentiel. I had requested for terrace seating upstairs as we both were afraid of the cold air conditioning. It was dinner on a Friday evening and thought the place will be packed out. My best friend and I were looking forward to some amazing French food and already had what we wanted memorized. Were we shocked! Upon arrival, we found that we were the only 2 customers in the restaurant and were seated downstairs as the terrace was closed (no customers). The wine list was nothing to shout about. We were skeptical about the wine offerings and decided to order the house wine, in case we did not like the wine. It was so bad! Many decent restaurants will have decent wines even if the choice were limited. Service staff were inexperienced and do not know their menu well.Kept running to the kitchen when we post questions.I cannot even remembered what I had for appetizer though I have been back only 2 days ago. I ordered a beef tartare as main and were told that it is not available. They later offered to make one with tenderloin at the same portion and same price after I showed major displeasure (so disappointed I almost wanted to walk out). My friend ordered duck breast with orange sauce. The meat was overcook and the sauce tasted more like black pepper with a slice of orange as garnish. We were told by the service staff that the Chef lived in France for 20 years. This was the worst experience we had in the 4 day trip to Saigon. Without doubt, KFC and Burger King would leave a better impression.
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