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L\'Experience, Summerhill, Douglas, Isle of Man

Isle of Man
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About L'Experience

Michael and Belinda, owners of L’Experience since December 2009, are delighted to welcome you to what has long been one of the island’s most loved restaurants. A firm favourite of romantic couples, business people, families and celebrities alike, this little taste of France is tucked away at the northern end of Douglas promenade, at the bottom of Summerhill. There’s always easy parking at this end of the promenade, just a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of town. Intimate, welcoming and atmospheric, L’Expérience is candlelit by night and full of interesting French memorabilia, with an accordion player adding extra French atmosphere on Saturdays. There’s also the possibility of table magic by former owner, Tony, for those seeking something a little different!
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Family Friendly Family Friendly Licensed Restaurant Licensed Restaurant

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32 reviews
13 helpful votes
Male age 60+ from Isle of Man
Review of L'Experience - Douglas - Isle of Man written
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L'experience seems to have collected a decent reputation under false pretences (unless they were having a bad hair day when we ate there). Poor service, overpriced food, small portions and an atmosphere like the Marie Celeste. The snails were good (if overpriced) but I can get those in freezer packs from Robinson's opposite B&Q.

Don't expect vegetables with your ??25 steak!! Onion rings or mushrooms or a simple side salad costs an extra ??3.50. The best I can say is that at least the wines were French. ... Not a very good l'experience!
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Male age 60+ from Peel IoM
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I don't get it! What's everybody raving about with this place? It's about as authentic as a Micky Mouse watch! What's with the plastic leaves hanging off the ceiling and the candles dripping wax all over old wine bottles? I have never been into any French restaurant where they would do that sort of stuff (and I've dined in quite a few). Italian, maybe. Spanish, yes. But French - no way - they have more style!

6 snails for ??8.95? Scary stuff. ??26 for a steak au poivre? Ouch! ??15 for mussels and chips.... Aaaaggh!

Like I say, I just don't get it, why all the fuss. It's a very ordinary restaurant pretending to be something it's not.
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