Saturday March 3rd, 2012

If anyone ever tells you that restaurants in France are cleaner than Lebanon, and there is constant control on them, do NOT believe them; these are all illusions.

We went to a restaurant tonight; it’s a pizza/crepes restaurant. We had seen it before, but never dared to try it because it’s in the center of Lille, in a very touristic area, so we always figured it must be something expensive and tasteless. Craving for a desert last Sunday, we ventured in and were struck by the delicious pizza cooking smell, so we decided it to try it today.

I can assure you that this is one of the best pizzas we had in a very, very long time. And the deserts…the chocolate crepe I had and the caramel one Francois and his friend had….they were just heavenly!

All was going perfectly until I decided to go into the bathroom…

My grand-mother had a similar bathroom in her old house in Beirut: very big, with one WC and one sink. If you needed to take a shower there was a faucet coming out of the wall and so when you’re done the whole bathroom floor will be drowned in water and soap. In the restaurant it was the same thing, except they had removed the shower since it will be useless.

In addition to the fact that the bathroom was shared between men and women, there were no tissues to clean your hands with!! There was ONE towel for everybody to use, and by the looks of it you would say this was last washed when this place was still a house a century ago 😛

Even though we left very pleased with our diner, I was surprised how come such a big mistake can be done by a restaurant in the center of the city, included in its tourism guide! Don’t these guys come for a visit each year (or each semester) to make sure the place can still be included in their booklet? Shouldn’t the bathroom and its hygiene be the second item to look at after the kitchen’s hygiene? It might be different in this country, but in Lebanon this is the first thing clients look at in order to decide whether they will come back another time or not, since they cannot go into the kitchen and look how clean it is (and especially that official control does not exist in our country). At least for me this is a very big question mark if I will go back to this place or not. What do you think? Should I do it or not?

Pizza Cooked in a wood oven...delicious

Pizza Cooked in a wood oven...delicious

See you tomorrow!

One Response to “Saturday March 3rd, 2012”
  1. jenni41013 says:

    Reblogged this on I decided to write a blog? and commented:
    Some wonderful reasons to be healthier. It’s a lifestyle change.

    Reminder to self: keep it up!

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