Respond to Review of CLOSED: L'Arbre a Souhaits de Govinda
by Anne B
Review: I was delighted to hear about this veg restaurant in the area and made a bee-line to visit. The name inspired hopes of an experience similar to the fabulous Govinda's restaurants in Dublin. I was very disappointed. As another reviewer has mentioned, the restaurant is very small with the kitchen in the corner. The kitchen appears to have no ventilation at all so we sat all evening with the odour of frying (and burning) seeping into our clothes. The set menus at 18 and 21 euros provided ample quantites of food, some of which was tasty. However, there was little detail provided of what would be served. Every dish was a guessing game. There was lots of ghee used and paneer in one of the curries so it was not suitable for vegans or for people with lactose-intolerance, though again we were left to work this out for ourselves. When we had finished eating, the owner told us that their home-made paneer was made from raw milk. This could be very dangerous for pregnant customers and should have been advertised up front. Luckily, I (a pregnant customer!) had not eaten any. My companion was not so lucky and he suffered a severe bout of food poisoning, which seemed linked to the paneer. The dessert was delicious. The owner/staff were friendly if you could speak to them in French. I'm sure they mean well but I will certainly not be going back or recommending it to anyone. Quite the contrary.