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“Fantastic macaroons” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Meert Restaurant

Meert Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 19 Dessert in Lille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $39 - $78
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Meert is a "must see" in Lille's Old District, as much for its sweet pleasures as for its Louis XVI decor. The Chief and his team suggest recipes combining perfectly the creative tradition of Meert and produce from the market, carefully selected daily.
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Fantastic macaroons”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

I have a sweet tooth and a soft spot for macaroons, so I couldn't resist when I saw the selection in their window. The cakes looked lovely, but I'm pretty sure they came in on a lorry rather than being made on site.

The macaroons, however, were simply gorgeous. Light, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside and with a beautiful creamy filling. They may have lacked the complex flavours of Pierre Hermes' offerings, but I'd put them up against Laduree any day - and the would win on price easily.

There are more chocolatiers than I can keep track of in Lille and many do macaroons, but Meert is definitely worth looking up if you're in town.

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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cuernavaca, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“The worst ever service and vendors ever”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

We were at Meert twice during our visit to Lille. The first time to the tea room and the second time to the chocolate shop. On the first time we noticed they had very few people working, thus the service was extremely slow and not very helpful though the chocolate we had was absolutely wonderful. Second time we needed to buy some chocolates and since this place was the only one we could find open on a sunday morning we decided to go there. There were a couple of vendors this time and it seemed to us they were competing to earn the prize for the rudest employee ever.It was not possible to get any further information about the products they sell (ingredients just for allergies concern) nor the possibility of getting a box of chocolate with a selection of only some types of chocolates!!!! We asked if it was possible for them to pack our gifts in a special box to help them endure a long trip and they didn't even care to elaborate on the reasons for not doing so. It was really quite uncomfortable to have to buy those excellent presents from a shop that doesn't care for providing a service up to the prices they charge.

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UK
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234 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Fabulous patisserie let down by slow service”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

If I were reviewing the patisserie alone I would award five stars. The display in the bakery looks magnificent and is very tempting . Sadly, the tea room is let down by the lack of staff serving . Despite there being a lot of staff standing around there was only one person taking orders and serving customers. When paying Meert prices one expects a higher standard of service. The pastries were exceptionally good and the experience was pleasant but don't go unless you have a lot of time to spare. ( Ladies loo not clean and seat completely broken - not a good impression !)

  • Visited August 2012
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Having been before, (and having read recent reviews) I was worried about being disappointed. But no the Tea Room is a real indulgence, if a little expensive. They have extended the rooms, but not to the detriment of the service or amazing cakes. If you are going to have a naughty afternoon tea, this is the place you should be visiting.

Visited August 2012
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tolentino
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“the best french patisserie in the world!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

just one word: the best! there is no other way to describe this fantastic patisserie in the centre of Lille! I can't suggest just one cake, because we tried 4 of them and they were all fantastic! Superb!

  • Visited August 2012
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