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“"A cet heure-ci, on sert plus!"”
Review of Le Mesnil - CLOSED

Le Mesnil
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Last friday, we went to "Le mesnil" for the second time.

The restaurant is situated in the grand cru Champaign village of Mesnil-sur-Oger, which is extremely calm in the evening.
The entrance is completely lacking any style, it ressembles a flower shop next to an hospital.
The dining room however is somewhat cosy.

The 4 course menu is very well priced, we all found our choice withing the options suggested. Eating à la carte is considerably more expensive. The dishes are well balanced and tastefull, a bit sober maybe, but sometimes less is more, I guess. Quality is good, especially at this price point.
But the service did manage however to end the evening on a very bad note, which sort of ruined the entire experience. We arrived at the restaurant at about 8:15, and an hour and a half later, at 9:45, we already had our 4 courses and a coffee.
I don't really like to eat at this pace, but OK.

We then asked to have the card for some "digestifs", promptly countered by a "A cet heure-ci, on sert plus!" It was not even 10PM...!!!
I then asked for the bill, which was even more promply answered as "d'accord". The time on the bill showed it was printed at the time we asked for a coffee (9:30).

I really don't get it... just pour 2 whiskeys in a glass, and add 15 euros to the bill... easy money, no? That's the sort of order most restarateurs aim for. But I guess she wanted to close up to go to a party, or don't miss the beginning of a (probaly dubbed) movie.

A shame, we left the place with a very bad feeling.

I guess I won't return either, because food only does not make for a succesfull dining experience.

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Thank superbarre
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

The two restaurants we usually use in Epernay were closed, so we tried Le Mesnil - a rather plain looking establishment, but we were pleasantly surprised. We visited here with friends (party of 6) in the 1st week in September 2012, and we all enjoyed our meal. The food was delicious, good quantity and well presented. The wine list was good (although not cheap) The service was good, and the restaurant quietly furnished so as not to distract from the food. One low point - the WCs were not quite up to the standard of the rest of the restaurant. However, the parking straight across the road was appreciated. We will return.

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Thank richarda978
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

This seemed to be one of the few restaurants open in the Cote de Blancs in the middle of August. Having visited a couple of caves in the village, we spotted this rather unprepossessing looking restaurant and stopped the car to have a look at the menu. It advertised a set menu of between 21 and 29 euros depending on the number and combination of courses. We decided to try it out and booked via our Chambre d'Hote. We were not disappointed. The experience was a pleasure from the start. There was just one (delightful) person front of house, but she was more than able to look after the 5 tables of 2, and then one of 7 that arrived a little later. The dowdy exterior opened up into a light and open space, smartly done out, and with white table cloths (though most of the diners were in short sleeves - so it was not too formal). I think all the diners were French - and the large table looked like they might have been on an evening out from one of the local champagne houses. The menu was full of delicious things including starters of tomato stuffed with crab, and escargots in a cream sauce. We both had Cote de Veau as a main dish, which was perfectly cooked, with an exquisite mushroom sauce. Others in the restaurant had steak and fish which also looked delicious. We shared a plate of excellent cheese to finish - though the puddings looked very tempting. There were some good wines by the glass - 4 euro a glass! Interestingly virtually all the champagnes were charged at the same price - 8 euro a coupe; 45 euro a bottle (apart from a couple of silly ones in four figures for those who have that kind of money). Would commend this place in every way. Magnifique!

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Thank Markey_Mark_2012
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Reviewed August 9, 2012

We came to Le Mesnil sur Oger to visit a couple of champagne houses. Due to a miss in timing we came during the lunch break. After checking the Guide we decided to have lunch at the Le Mesnil. It was easy to find, with good road signs. Once outside, we were a little hesitant, because of the building exterior which had something of a cold-war, east european feel to it. Once inside, the restaurant had the tranquility, decoration and attentive service of a good up-scale establishment. There was a good mix of locals and out-of-towners, with quiet conversations at the tables. The set lunch menu was really good, and good value for money. If in Le Mesnil sur Oger, you should definitely try to come here for lunch or dinner.

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Thank Cloudlion9
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

As it is very surprising how few cafes there are in the small towns in the champagne area, we were very happy to find this place. Not only a place to eat, but one of very good quality. It’s a small place of about 10-12 tables with a small parking lot across the street. We had expected something a bit rustique, but were happily surprised to find a well laid out dining room staffed by two young servers – who were friendly, efficient and professional.

The selections were somewhat limited, but what they had was very good and there was something for everyone. Menus for 19 and 26 euros (depending on how many courses you took). Three choices for each course. Entrees were creative: a “salade” of green beans and crawfish loosely formed into a large disc with a nice foie gras on the side; a half orange melon scooped out into small balls topped with liquor; Carpaccio de boeuf Italienne style. All were very good.

Main courses were a large octopus tentacle grilled and served on a bed of pimento vegetables – very nice. A “piece” of beef grilled that we didn’t have, but many other did take. The remaining main course I thought was a disaster: “Cote de Porc” with Spanish rice. What was served was a pork knuckle with some sort of pasta. It appeared to have been boiled initially and then roasted. A Schweinshaxe from Munich it was not. Don’t know what happened there. It was Monday lunchtime, so I suspect they ran out of pork chops and served what was left of the pig. It would have been a better idea to indicate the change or delete the item from the menu.

Dessert also had three selections: a cheese plate with 3-4 sections, all generous in size. Looked like local cheeses, all light in color, but of varying textures – I couldn’t get a good look. Dry muesli under ice cream and chocolate sauce. Unusual, but it worked. And the queen of the dessert selection, soupe de fraises. Small halved strawberries and ice cream served in a “soup” of pink champagne. Wonderful.

Wine selection was limited, but bottles were available for everyone’s price range.

Four 3 course menus, a half bottle of wine (it was a hot day and one of us had to drive back to Brussels), two coffees and a large bottle of water came to about 100 euros.

If you put the “pork chop” in a box in a dark room in the cellar and not think about it, there isn’t anything negative I can say about this place. If in the area I would not only return, but plan my itinerary around having a meal there.

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Thank Mr G
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