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Brasserie de l'Univers
Ranked #142 of 621 Restaurants in Tours
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 3, 2014

Complete dinners can be ordered in this 1800 building nestled in the center of Tours (Place Jean-Jaures) adjacent to the tram and across the street from the Hotel de Ville and the Rue Nationale. The fish and chips were fine for an evening meal although they do not match those you can order in London (after all this is not England). The prices are a tiny bit higher than those on adjoining side streets. The service was fine but the Hoegaarden beer was just OK. If you are wandering around the old town and into the commercial district this a nice place to sit outside and just people watch.

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Thank BobWE
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Reviewed April 9, 2014

We needed a pick-me-up when we arrived in Tours, and we settled on La Brasserie L'univers because my husband was drawn in by the crepes advertisement. The coffee was good -- nothing bad and nothing exceptional -- but the crepes were perfect for a late afternoon snack. We both ordered the chocolate and chantilly cream version, and they arrived warm on a large plate with a tiny bit of fruit garnish. Service was decent. Our coffee arrived about ten minutes before the crepes, but it still wasn't a terribly long wait.

Thank Bananas09
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Reviewed December 28, 2013

We had dinner twice at this pub. The problem was the same with the other 2 restaurants we visited in Tours. The steaks are of very low quality and that's why on our second visit, we have ordered fish and seafood, which proved to be a better choice despite the small portions . The atmosphere was nice. The wines from the Loire Valley were all excellent. Because of a mistake, one of the starters came as a main course and it was surprisingly good and the portion incredibly big. The first time we went, the service was very good and quick. The second time, it was average. I have, therefore, mixed feelings about this pub.

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Thank Mina P
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Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Wanted a classic french brasserie lunch and fell into this trap. Polished surroundings as camouflage for lacking and arrogant service, and most importantly: very poor food. The burger was eatable, but the club sandwich was a sad story. Dry and soggy. Typically microwave heated, old, gas station style sandwich. Not what you expect in a proper brasserie! We sent this dish back to the kitchen right away, politely explaining that it was unappetising, and enjoyed the fries and beer for a while. When receiving the check the club sandwich was, surprisigly, included...and the manager insisted that it was our problem we didn't like his food. It was truly bizarre. His need to get his way overruled our sincere complaint about one of the dishes. He was rude and arrogant, and did not accept the possibly that one dish could in fact be of a poor quality and sent back (he was not there at the time to evaluate it himself).

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Thank kikki_OSLO
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We really loved the choice offered by the menu at this brasserie. We opted for a salad followed by dessert. The salmon was succulent and obviously fresh and the salad itself was fresh and varied. We loved it so much the first night that we went back for a second time. The creme brulee is a joy, with just the right amount of crunch in the topping and a lovely, velvety vanilla custard underneath. The memory we took back above all others, however, was the onion soup! The addition of rosemary put a new depth of flavour into the mix and we loved it.
We ate outside and watched the world go by - it was bustly but fascinating. Staff were pleasant and very obliging. We were impressed by the way they did their best to make everyone feel at home. We couldn't recommend it enough.

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Thank FreddieThamesValley
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