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La Licorne Royale
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $48 - $184
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Au coeur du village de Lyons La Foret, le restaurant La Licorne Royale vous ouvre ses portes pour un moment gastronomique et charge d'histoire... Dans un cadre atypique et elegant, vous aurez une occasion unique de manger au milieu des lettres de Napoleon Bonaparte et de ses Marechaux, afin de deguster une cuisine de qualite, savoureuse et creative : Christophe Poirier, jeune Chef talentueux passe par des maisons prestigieuses et parfois meme etoilees, vous fera gouter une cuisine innovante qui melange saveurs du Sud et produits authentiques de Normandie, et qui lui a valu la qualite de jeune Talent Gault et Millau 2009... A deux, en famille ou pour vos activites professionnelles, vous serez conquis par cette cuisine creative, mais surtout exquise!
Reviewed June 29, 2013

...is French cuisine, and the meal we had here was superb, serious food, food that makes you sit up and pay attention. We choose the meal of the day, of course--fois gras, monkfish--and each course was beautiful to look at and sensuous, the textures and combinations of flavors stimulating all our taste buds. For example, our entrée--fois gras with a thin layer of salty eel and a caramelized sugar crust--was variously sweet and smooth, salty and smooth, crunchy and sweet, and coarse and salty. My liver is not up to eating like this every day, but it is worth finding time when the occasion rises. I think Americans might be intimidated by the setting, which is formal--starched white linen and china--as befits food for the gods, but our server was relaxed and charming.

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Reviewed June 15, 2010

I’ve had many excellent meals here during my 4 stays at the Hotel La Licorne, and they get progressively better each year. Chef Christophe Poirier was recognized by Gault & Millau in 2009 as one of 20 young talented chefs in France. The restaurant offers a 2-course prix fixe menu for 29 Euros and a 3-course prix-fixe for 36 Euros. Start off with the house cocktail, a flute of champagne with Pommeau, which turned out to be a perfect marriage. Complimentary amuses-bouche are served before the meal and mignardises with coffee. The seasonal prix-fixe menus offer very good choices, including, in May 2010, when I was there, an attractive white & green layered marble of skate wing with céleri rémoulade; a beautiful plate of braised oxtail surrounded by a thick, hollow rope-like noodle presented to look like a turban; a superb cod served over white beans and dressed with an aromatic of tomato & onion fondue, brought to the table under a white porcelain bell; and a light, succulent, Geline chicken poached in a flavorful bouillon with a touch of cream and some vegetables. We sampled a refreshing Vacherin with Speculos, a Dutch-style spice cookie, and an apple Bavarian dessert. While this value menu is very good, the Chef really shines in his à la carte menu. My spouse and I sampled the savory Carré d’Agneau (rack of lamb) and the thick, toothsome Côte de Veau (veal chop). On my last evening there, I had an outstanding 4-course à la carte meal that began with a buttery, foamy bowl of Ravioles aux Coques (cockles) à la Seve de Citron. The fumet of smoked ham and the cream of morels that accented the terrine of potatoes, leeks, turnips and morel mushrooms added an extra dimension and turned the ordinary root vegetables into a special delight. The main course pigeon on a bed of freshly shelled peas and leeks was cloaked in a demi-glace with flavors too subtle for me to even begin to describe. I savoured every bite of this heavenly dish. A dessert sampler capped off the meal – a small wedge of a praline tart; a small bowl of Speculos (Dutch gingerbread) ice cream; and a Cointreau souffle made in a demi-tasse cup. It was a fitting end to a marvelous meal. I have eaten all over France and have had many excellent meals during my travels. We have encountered very few (non-Michelin-starred) restaurants where the quality of the food is consistent throughout the menu, where every dish one chooses is sure to please. Both my spouse & I always find La Licorne to be among the best reasonably priced restaurants in France with high-quality food that never disappoints and leaves a lasting impression. The restaurant decor is elegant and interestingly decorated with a collection of military hats and costumes. No one speaks above a whisper here, so it is not recommended for children. When the weather is warm & nice, diners may sit in the lovely garden.

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