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“absolutely amazing”
Review of Michel Bras

Michel Bras
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Laguiole
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed December 13, 2012

i have been to the Bras reastaurant with mum and dad july this year on my european trip.
i was absolutely overwhelmed by everything. the people that run the place are truly artists.
i cannot recommend this place to you enough. amazing.

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Thank francois d
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

We stayed an ate at Bras and as several earlier reviews mentioned, we can hardly believe that what it is supposed to be a three Michelin starred restaurant showed such lack of care and professionalism in its service. The sommelier, while visible attending the rest of the guests through the entire meal, only approached us at the beginning of the menu and simply dissapeared and ignored our table for the rest of the meal. The service was really a succession of unfortunate mistakes: glasses remained unfulfilled for several minutes (on occasions for five or more minutes), the serviettes and knives though dirty remained unchanged for the entire meal (although they told you that the knive will remain unchanged, in one occasion I left the really dirty knive on the plate in order to be changed and the waitress simply took it and left it again on my side) and finally we repeatedly felt that our table was neglected. No effort was also made to translate the ingredients of the plates on spanish or english language. When we asked for a translation, the waiters only repeated on french language the name of the plate and just dissapeared. And the 'missing' sommelier is Argentinian! My wife left half course and also, as me, two entire desserts and we still waiting some interest coming from the service or from the house about if something with our meal was going wrong or if something could be arranged. They simply removed the plates without any interest in knowing what was happening or why they remained partly or even completely untouched. In addition, the meal did not work well with me and I could not sleep for the entire night.

The food, while good it was not memorable. I only found to be really three Michelin food, the Gargouillou and (maybe) the lamb. Lack of flavor on several dishes. Huge disappointment with the desserts. Even the final ice creams were lacking flavor!.

When we were finally leaving the restaurant, we approached the 'missing' sommelier and told him that the dinner did not meet our expectations. He showed a great indifference towards our opinion, as if our disappointment had really no interest for him or for the house.

I regreat to made this review because Bras was so long awaited for me and we planned our entire wedding travel around this visit to Bras. On the contrary, we found the hotel superb, but we went to Bras for the dinner.

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28  Thank Ferran M
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Having looked forward to dining chez Bras for many years, I was concerned by some negative reviews on Tripadvisor prior to our visit but I hoped we would be lucky.

We arrived at 7.15pm (early for our 7.30 reservation so as to enjoy the spectacular views whilst having our aperitifs) to be told that service did not begin until 7.30. Drinks were apparently out of the question until the appointed time and the menus were not available as they had not been finalised. We sat and waited. The Kirs we ordered when we were eventually offered aperitifs at 7.40 were oxidised. No one asked why mine was untouched or offered to replace it. The accompanying amuse of eggs lightly cooked with butter and cream and then put back in their shells was delicate and delicious but completely overpowered by a thick brown mouillette (soldier). The only other offering, a thin tart of cepes was overcooked (burnt in places) and underseasoned. Our orders were taken. We continued to wait. At 8.20, with the sitting area now almost empty, we enquired about our table to be told that we could have gone to the dining room whenever we were ready!

Le garghouillou, the signature salad of vegetables and herbes with which we started our Menu Balade (191 Euros) lived up to its stellar reputation. Most of the remainder of the menu was unfortunately less successful. Lobster should be lightly cooked but not almost raw as in our next dish; its sauce had a muddy appearance and lacked focus. A thick, brown-crusted, slice of foie gras was not enhanced in any way by its accompanying thick brown puree of licorice and butternut squash which appeared to have been left on the pass for far too long. A couple of slices of challons duck breast served with cauliflower and a sauce of houttynia (a south-east asian herb) and licorice, were chewy and lacked flavour. With the exception of a very tired piece of Fourme D'Ambert, a selection of cheeses were OK.

Desserts started with a coulant - another Bras signature - a biscuit crust completely encasing a hot puree of rhubarb, topped with a strawberry sorbet. Perhaps a little too sweet but delicious. The next dish of blackberries served with a quennelle of yoghurt ice cream was pleasant but I found the the final dessert of milk skin, curds and chocolate inedible.

With the notable excepion of the charming Mme. Veronique Bras, service lacked polish and professionalism. I am usually happy to top up my own glass, but not in a 3* restaurant charging these prices. Our benchmark has undoubtedly been raised by a series of superb meals in Michelin 3* restaurants in Spain, but no aspect of our experience at Bras was not even remotely in the same ball park. What a disappointment!

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9  Thank fuggles
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

After an amazingly beautiful 4 hours drive from Lyon thru one of the most remote but stunning region of France, we finally arrived at the hotel. The sun was just about to set when we were shown our rooms. The rooms have been refurbished 4 years ago. There are only 13 rooms all facing the most beautiful view or the Aubrac valley. The rooms are simple, very modern, lots of wood and granite which goes perfectly with the region, great bathroom and a massive window overlooking personal outside space and THAT view. The rooms are around the 330 euro mark which is not that outrageous for that kind of hotels. You feel like you are in a really special place. Worth a mention (see pictures) whoever did their garden is a magician. There are beautiful, amazing local plants and flowers which are framing perfectly this very interesting construction. The hotel is very modern, built in 1992. We asked for a bottle of wine to be brought to the room so we could enjoy the sun set. This could not be done because they do not transport the wine list to the rooms so you have to go to reception. This is just ridiculous. I understand that the wine book is far too precious to be left in the room but in that case create a small wine list for room service; you expect that in that kind of hotel. Anyway, we got it ourselves and had the most incredible sunset.

Onto the restaurant, you first go to the bar which is the great extension overlooking the valley. Unfortunately it is stuck in 1992 and now looks like an airport lounge. The seats are comfortable but ugly, the coffee table have horrid dry flowers under a glass top, you have old window cabinets showing bad local pottery, etc such a shame, the floor is very bad ceramic looks like an hospital, and its cold. This feeling of being stuck 20 years ago goes on in the restaurant, horrible table cloth which are around the table like mattress covers, flowers are bad (weird after having seen such beautiful gardens) lilies and dahlias when you expect beautiful local plants, the plates look like Conran shop circa 1992. The front door is a revolving door with weird artwork everywhere. .. All of this needs to change asap. They don’t need to do much but warm up the bar (we went there after dinner and stayed for about 10 minutes as it was soulless and cold, its silly as they could make money by people staying there and having after dinner drinks) change the tablecloths, new flowers, put a few carpets down, etc

Onto to the food, we chose the main degustation menu at 191 euro, which for a 3 star Michelin restaurant is not bad.
We had wonderful pre -tarters at the bar especially an half boiled egg out of this world! Started with Bras’ famous vegetables and flowers salad which was ok, my problem with flowers is that some of them are actually quite bitter. The following two dishes were STUNNING, lobster with honey and then foie gras, seriously good. The rest was ok, desert were amusing not amazing. Service was superb, our waiter was very friendly and the sommelier was very helpful in finding good wines at a reasonable price.

It’s a bit of a difficult one as I want to recommend this place just for the location and the experience of being there BUT they need to update their restaurant quickly as its getting dated every day more and more (this is always the problem with modern built) make that bar the cocoon that its should be , etc. Food wise it was not the most incredible dinner ever, they still deserve 3 stars but they have to be careful as you end with mixed feeling at the end. (Beautiful breakfast by the way, despite the awful burgundy table clothes!!)

Finally we asked reception the next morning the best place to buy knives ( as you do in Laguiole) and we were told to go to the Forge, turns out this is the only one closed on a Sunday, something they should know and advice you on!!

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5  Thank margauxhanoi
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

We recently stayed and ate at Michel Bras and were disappointed by the lack of care and professionalism. The food was all you would expect of a 3 star Michelin however the evening and overnight stay were ruined by rude and indifferent staff including front of house, waiting staff and a 'missing' sommelier. We have eaten in many wonderful restaurants in France over the past 45 years and have always found the French to be wonderful hosts proud of their food and country. Our stay at Bras has been our only real disappointment.

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7  Thank Robyn M
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