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“Delicious food with prompt courteous service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of le francais

le francais
7 av Alsace Lorraine, 01000 Bourg-en-Bresse, France
0474225514
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Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Birmingham, Alabama
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150 reviews 150 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Delicious food with prompt courteous service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Obviously, from reading a few negative reviews, some people simply cannot be satisfied. The decor was a delightful throwback to more elegant days. The dining room is beautiful and eating on the outdoor deck on a cool night, an added treat. We had fois gras and escargot to start, chicken in a cream sauce as our entrees and a raspberry tart to finish an exquisite meal. Each course was first rate. The foie gras creamy and fresh. The escargot came, out out of the shell, in a perfect garlic, butter sauce worthy of the crusty French bread served with it. The chicken in cream sauce was served with 6 large morel mushrooms. The sauce was delicate and tasted very fresh as was the chicken breast. The fresh raspberry tart was big enough to share. This is a first rate dining experience restaurant.

Visited September 2013
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
vancouver, b.c.
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53 reviews 53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
“disappointing Bresse chicken”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

We drove from Lyon to Bourg-en-Bresse to try the famous chicken in cream sauce. The chicken was tender enough but the cream sauce tasted like Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup that had been diluted. Although I know the restaurant did make the sauce from scratch, it seemed like something was missing to make it spectacular as the dish is supposed to be. As mentioned in a previous review, the chicken had little flavor.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Oxfordshire. UK
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81 reviews 81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Great brasserie in grand style”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

A memorable place to eat with authentic 1900 décor. The service was professional and the food excellent value . We had the 37 euro menu of four courses and drank red and white house wine. It was hot and we both had an interesting local salad with smoked duck breast. My husband had rather unevenly cooked lamb chops with excellent pommes dauphinoise and I tried the Poulet de Bresse with cream sauce. We both had the cheese course and were pleasantly surprised to be offered a full and interesting selection to choose from rather than the two or three wafer thin slices now quite common in French restaurants. The choice of desserts was outstanding and though we do not usually eat them we really enjoyed our raspberry tart and crème caramel.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Ferney-Voltaire
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Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“A big brasserie -type traditional restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We walked into this restaurant as the terasse looked very nice. However, as we did not have a reservation we were seated at the back of the restaurant close to the kitchen. Not as bad as it sounds: the restaurant was well air-conditioned and we had a chance to observe the staff working. Now, this is a big restaurant with a large staff but organization seemed flawless and everyone knew their place. We had a set menu with a fresh salad with magret de canard for starters and a bresse chicken for main course. The salad was good but the chicken a bit dry. We drank a superb 2005 Pommard, very reasonably priced at 48 euros.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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france and spain
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74 restaurant reviews
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139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
“No Flavour.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

We specifically stayed the night in Bourg-en-Bresse to have the famous chicken. We ordered the Poulet de Bresse with morilles and were very disappointed. The sauce had not seen the morilles until just before being put on the plate and the chicken had not seen the sauce nor the morilles. This is a fabulous dish cooked properly and they should not have got away with serving the King of Birds this way. Our appetizer of chèvre with toast on a salad was very good. The ambience is wonderful, especially for visitors to France, very authentic and we found the service to be very good. Perhaps we should have ordered a steak and frits instead.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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