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“Best creme brulee I've ever tasted”
Review of l'ante - crise - CLOSED

l'ante - crise
Cuisines: French
Description: This restaurant is fabulous, very close to a tourist attraction in reims (the surrender room museum) it deserves a great review.
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Description: This restaurant is fabulous, very close to a tourist attraction in reims (the surrender room museum) it deserves a great review.
Reviewed November 12, 2011

Don't miss this place. The owner is wonderful, food was excellent and the creme brulee was the best I've ever had. It was such a pleasant meal after a day wandering Paris.

3  Thank TXDelta3
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Reviewed October 15, 2011

We came here for our only lunch in Reims after reading the previous TA reviews. Highly recommended due to the simple clean cooking style using quality local ingredients.

In addition to a nice a la carte menu, they offer a fixed set menu at EUR17.50/21.90 for 2/3-course, with 3 options per course. Very reasonably priced for the quality of the food. They also have a cheaper daily menu (EUR12 *I think*) but they were sold out by the time we got there. You can check out their menus at their website: http://ante-crise.com/

We arrived about 1pm (without reservations) on a Thursday. Although the place looked empty from the outside we realised that the bistro was about 2/3 full - everyone was seated further in or behind the restaurant on the terrace.

The menu was in French but the owner was happy to translate for us in English. On his recommendation we took the pork muzzle entree (museau vinaigrette) in a vinaigrette dressing with chopped pickles, shallots, chives etc (somewhat like a typical tartare dressing). The pork muzzle was sliced carpaccio-thin and the refreshing dressing balanced the pork very nicely. Excellent start!

For the plat (main) I had the bresse chicken with a vegetable tart. Unfortunately it was chicken breast which I find too dry for my taste, but lots of people seem to like chicken breast so it's up to personal preference. The vegetable tart was flaky and fluffy and perfect.

The other plat we tried was the steak frites which was a bit of a tough cut, though nicely seasoned.

I loved the cafe gourmand which came with a profiterole, eclair, coconut cookie, coconut mousse and a mini magnum ice cream. A satisfying end to a nice lunch. I liked it more than the tiramisu which had a nice texture but not outstanding.

The decor was bright and cheery with shades of lime green and slate, and the crowd was mainly local (well French speakers anyway). Ambience is casual and staff are friendly. We found street parking near the restaurant. You could probably walk from the train station too as it was just behind the train tracks. Do give this place a try if you are in Reims!

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2  Thank BeyondBanalityBlog
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Reviewed August 4, 2011

First went to this restaurant 12 months ago a week or two after the very knowledgable and excellent owner Reynard opened his doors. made a point of a re-visit on my return on 2nd August this year. And certainly wasn't disappointed, Reynard is without doubt the epitome of what you want from a Restauranteur, his friendliness and willingness to help you select wine and food is excellent. It does help that he speaks very good English as well. It really is a hidden gem, being situated on the opposite side of the railway station than the town centre, but it's a nice 15 minute walk and well worth it. It is on the corner of Rue Edouard Mignot directly opposite the Suite Novotel hotel. My only recommendation is if you only have one evening ( or lunch ) meal in Reims - have it here. Reynard has added a fabulous terrace at the rear of the restaurant as well.

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3  Thank TheJabes
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Reviewed May 6, 2011

If you do one thing in Reims, you must visit the Surrender room, the actual room where the Germans signed the treaty at 3am, anyway, if you get there at lunchtime and its closed ( as we did) you will see a small restaurant with an A board outside, small menu..walk in...
The owner was fabulous, reccomended wines that were absoluelty perfect with food which was wonderful, french and indulgent.
There is a beautiful outside area which has tables and seating and gets sunshine.
Everything about our visit was perfect, we were the only un-French people there, I couldn't find anything to say aginst this beautiful little place, service, food, value - all top, top marks.
The gentleman was very lovely and he knew his wines! our dishes were both perfect presentation and wonderfully tasty - who doesnt love Bresse chicken!?! A perfect menu.
Cant wait to go back for Dinner rather than Lunch.

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2  Thank olivercarey
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