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“Posh old place with amazing food”
Review of Hotel Radio

Hotel Radio
Ranked #1 of 19 Restaurants in Chamalieres
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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88 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Posh old place with amazing food”
Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

A little dusty, a little stuffy, but the plentiful hovering (very nice) waitstaff and awkward lack of ambiance are well worth sitting through.

The food was sensational.

We visited for lunch, and ordered the set menu, which consisted of about 5 courses (I lost count); including the lusty dessert cart.

Beautiful attention to detail, wonderful flavours - a meal to remember.

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English first
Lyon, France
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Here. For a world class dinner”
Reviewed November 23, 2013

We visited Hotel Radio with another couple for our wedding anniversaries, staying overnight basically for the opportunity to enjoy dinner at the Michelin-starred restaurant.

As with another reviewer, there was some confusion with our reservation but it was not lost. We simply needed to get the attention of the right person. For some reason the service on the night we visited was slow to get in gear. The reservation confusion was the starter. Other examples included a slightly prolonged period of inattention -- by the highest standards I hold the restaurant accountable to maintain -- and a silverware gaffe, with incorrect cutlery delivered to one member of our party for the entree and then again for the plat (with the choices being reversed). However, as the evening, and meal, progressed, the service went from below expectations to stellar. In the meantime, the house went from nearly empty to full. We surmised that they were unexpectedly short-handed that evening and worked it all out in short order. For us, this was a hiccup in the evening. For other visitors, I wouldn't let an apparently out-of-the-ordinary encounter detract from what you should expect if you dine here. And, to their credit, by the time we left the room, we felt as though the wait service had been all to ourselves the entire evening, with everyone being totally charming and dedicated to fulfilling our dining pleasures.

The rest, however, was splendid in all ways. Prepare for an authentically French experience. I'm an Anglophone and I'm writing this review in English -- but do not expect your experience to be as Anglophone-friendly as this review. Review their on-line menu in advance. Your menu will very likely be different and you will have questions that will very likely be answered in French. You will not be treated any less well if you struggle with French. You may, however, avoid confusion and delay, and enhance your evening, if you're linguistically prepared for an authentic French dinner with excellent French service.

You will start with a "bouche amuse" -- a complimentary taste from the kitchen that will delight your palate. In all likelihood it will be a layered mousse of assorted vegetables and ingredients that the chef wishes to introduce to you.

Our party had a well-varied selection ordered, with three menus and one a la carte ordered without an entree. (Recall, if you will, that "entree" in France refers to the "entry" to the main plate, and is the French equivalent to the American "appetizer," while the "plat" is your main course, being the part of the meal that Americans identify as the "entree.") During the entree, the chef sent out a second, different "bouche amuse" to the guest who had ordered only a plat. Touches such as this, from both kitchen and the service, make for an excellent experience, where the diner's complete experience is of paramount importance to the entire team.

Frankly, as the culinary experience was predictably "incroyable," I want to skip ahead to the cheese cart. OH. MY. GOD. This cheese cart was easily the most amazing I have ever encountered. Please go here just for the adventures in cheese. The old, nay...medieval!... Cantal is, quite possibly, all by itself worth an evening at Radio. The Gaperon was full-throttle pungent. And while this region has no shortage of excellent varieties of the mild-yet-exquisite St. Nectaire, you can tell that the kitchen has scoured the region for the very best farm, aged just so that Radio's St. Nectaire stands head and shoulders above the others you will sample while visiting the Auvergne region.

Cap it off, please, with a digestif of Armagnac -- the smoother, tastier cousin to the more popular Cognac -- from the southwest of France.

  • Visited September 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lost in Translation”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

We chose Clermont Ferrand and this hotel as an opportunity to try Michelin starred food on our driving route from Manchester to the Costa Brava. The hotel itself is situated in a residential area overlooking the town and is a really interesting building with Art Deco styling throughout- the dining room is so authentically styled that you feel as if you could have been transported back in time! The hotel rooms are not opulent but are clean, comfortable and in keeping with the era.

The food was magnificent- a little salmon sashimi tart with lemon mayonnaise tasted so surprising that it made me giggle and the langoustines served with a cucumber and on a bed of italian vegetables was sweet and of extraordinary quality. The roast beef with braised shallots, red cabbage and Bernaise sauce was delicious; do remember to order your meat to be well done if you like it medium by British standards (and medium if you like it rare)! As there was no English menu (and why would there be?) my partner ordered what we understood to be veal. I am assured that the food was delicious but we really had no idea what the constituent parts of the meal had been. It turns out that he had ordered veal sweetmeats, which may or may not have included testicles and probably did include the thymus gland and pancreas! I am pretty sure that he wouldn't have ordered this had he known. I'm not sure of a way around this- maybe you could discretely check Google translate before you order; even though the staff probably do speak some English, they choose not to- this is fine because we can all get by. However, their descriptions of the food were intricate and we mostly had no idea what they said! The desserts were amazing. I had passion fruit sorbet in a tube of chocolate and nut and praline mousse. With coffee they bring extra sugary treats including a tube of pink marshmallow fluff that's reminiscent of childhood sweets. There are some reasonably priced wines too (beside the €850 Euro ones).
I am so pleased we ate here- what a wonderful experience!

  • Visited August 2013
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Devon
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175 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Excellent !”
Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

We had a very long and wet drive from Roscoff. Really interesting building with lovely Art Deco styling throughout. Great views over town. Fabulous restaurant. But be warned we nearly didn't get in - if you book online request a dinner reservation. It should not be missed. Rated as the best restaurant in the region and you soon see why. Don't be put off by the a la carte prices which look enormous ( €30 for a starter!) but their menus are excellent. We had the €53 Menu of the Month. With hors d'oeuvres and petit fours ( both fantastic in themselves) its a 10 course delight and we thought great value. The food is really good. Massive wine list from lovely local bottle at €29 to a Petrus 1982 at €4500 ( yes that's right!). Lovely service throughout. One small comment the chef is very into his mousses , foams and jus and it might be have been nice to crunch on a bit of veg. This is a really petty niggle bearing in mind the excellence of the food. Great breakfast.

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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189 restaurant reviews
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“Great Food in An Art Deco Haven”
Reviewed December 2, 2012

We have been fortunate to sample the magnificent offerings of this restaurant on two previous occasions and the third did not disappoint. Having the menu of the month makes life easy; great food just keeps turning up on the table and you find it easy to make your mother proud by eating it all up even when you are fit to burst...it is just irresistible.

The art deco atmosphere is also a delight and complements the food so well. The staff are very professional and attentive without being intrusive.

  • Visited September 2012
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