The restaurant is situated in the beautiful medieval quarter of Le Mans and you need a good map to find it on foot. Booking is absolutely essential and although we did book, there was no record of it when we arrived. No matter, we were found a table in the basement after a short wait. The last table as it turned out. It was actually quite good and the room had a curved stone roof and was fully air conditioned.
Service here is rapid and the waiters efficient and friendly. Within 10 minutes our first course arrived. My wife had eggs poached in a cream sauce enriched with foie gras and I had escargot in a mushroom sauce. Both dishes were very tasty and filling. For main course we had eminces de boeuf – multiple thinly sliced rare beef in a pepper sauce and two brochette de boeuf in a Roquefort sauce. The restaurant are quite clever here, because the beef is the same except that the brochette is actually tightly rolled slices of the eminces beef. All this was served with beautifully crispy potato chips, tomato and a few salad leaves. Quite inexplicable was two large pots of mushroom mash served with the main course. These were really heavy and we only ate a couple of mouthfuls. For dessert we had a colonel sorbet which was heavily laced with vodka. There was a complimentary cherry liqueur which was frankly undrinkable.
Overall, although this is not what you would call a top notch foodie restaurant, it does serve good food at a very good price. Our meal for two was only €20.90 each not including drinks. So if you want to eat in a charming old building in the medieval quarter, this is the place to come.