We were looking for lunch in the beautiful plantagenet city and , while many restaurants were shut or empty, this place was absolutely buzzing. There was just one newly vacated table available outside which a waiter quickly cleared for us but, as it was 1.30, warned us that we would only have time for two courses. This suited us fine and we opted for the 11.90 euros menu offering main, desert and coffee plus a 50cl carafe of rose for 8 euros. Excellent bread arrived instantly and the main course about ten minutes later. My veal was superb but my wife's beef was a bit rare even by French standards. One of the waiters noticed her reaction upon cutting into it and immediately asked if it was ok and then whisked it off to the kitchen to be returned in less than 5 minutes cooked to perfection. The deserts were equally impressive and we were given a (for once) delicious cherry liquor to go with our coffee and did not feel pressured to hurry even though, at 2.45, the restaurant was getting ready to close. The old part of Le Mans is definitely worth a stop off or detour and this is THE place to eat.
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