Review of L'Escargot d'Or restaurant
I have up till now always enjoyed reading your newspaper and admired the high standard of journalism. However, the review of L'Escargot d'Or, a restaurant which is local to me, caused me serious concern and indignation.
I have eaten at L'Escargot d'Or many times over the years, and as a matter of fact, I happened to be in the restaurant on the very same evening as your reviewer. You will appreciate therefore that I am therefore in an excellent position to refute the misleading, not to say false, information in the review.
The restaurant is not a new one, having opened in 1992. I am at a loss as to why your reviewer thought it was a newly-opened restaurant. As for his doubt whether the chef had "ever been to France", I can confirm that I personally know the chef, David Dupont, and that he is a French national who mastered his culinary skills in France.
Contrary to what was stated in the review, the patrons in the restaurant that night appeared more than satisfied with the dishes they were served. Moreover, I heard remarks of praise about the quality and authenticity of the cuisine.
It is true that M. Dupont was not present that night. However, his absence, a most unusual occurrence, was due to urgent and unavoidable family reasons.
I can assure you that I myself and friends and acquaintances who have dined at M. Dupont's restaurant for many years have always appreciated the quality of food served and the most pleasant ambience.
Sir, I am disappointed in your newspaper for printing something so blatantly untrue, and something that will, if believed by your readers, harm an excellent and reputable restaurant. I trust that you will take whatever steps that lie within your power to withdraw these misleading allegations.