Les Artizans in the 2nd is a place I ate at, to great delight, a couple of weeks ago and the service was superb, not so this time, but I'm getting ahead of myself. One enters past a vitrine of superb looking desserts and is presented with two cartes (one in French, the other English) and an ardoise of specials of the day. Colette and I entered a bit before our friend who has lived here at least 50 years; pondered the choices and watched as 2 men and 1 woman greeted almost everyone else but us with air-kisses and sat down, from time to time going upstairs, into the kitchen, behind the bar - "ah, I said to myself, the owners and one's partner."
The ladies had the beignets of shrimp, which they called fried raviolis and I rillettes of duck; pretty good both.
But then our problems began: we waited, waited and waited and I kept waving a the sole poor waitress, thinking that the table of three owners or co-owners might help serve someone other than themselves. Nope.
Then the ladies had magret de canard with vegetables and I had the lievre a la royale (the first I've seen of any game this fall, although one must regret the Cheneyesque shooting of fellow hare hunters a few weeks ago) - the marget and lievre were quite good, but
Ah ha, you guessed it - we waited and waited and waited - waving our hands for service - again, the wait-lady was dashing around trying to cover the interior and exterior but the noble three only served themselves.
Finally we were able to order and eat dessert, which again was very good and called for coffee, and eventually the check. Again despite waving, everything ran on slow times.
Our bill, with a bottle and a pot of wine, no bottled water and 3 coffees was 174.50 E for 3 or 116.16 E a couple.
At the conclusion, one of the royal three came over and asked if everything had been OK; "No I said, you don't have enough staff" but held off criticizing him.