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“Great French Cooking in a modern style”
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Marc Meurin
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Ranked #1 of 2 Restaurants in Busnes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $98 - $234
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Marc Meurin pays a tribute to local breeders and producers, cooking shellfish from the Channel as well as fish and crustaceans from northern seas. His creations are to be enjoyed in his two restaurants offering a well-attended service.
Reviewed December 11, 2012 via mobile

Superb venison cooked to perfection. Fabulous amuses bouches - the one with the oyster was outstanding. A great Fixin red. Pleasant service with a very nice maitre d'

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

a truly stunning meal, having been lucky enough to eat at The Fat Duck (UK) and Mugaritz (Spain) i can say that Marc Meurin's restaurant is up there with the best.

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Reviewed June 18, 2012

The inventive food and the quality were excellent. Our table was to close to another almost touching. In general the staff were not the calibre you would expect in a 2* Michelin restaurant.

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Reviewed March 17, 2012

Stayed and dined here Feb 2012 for our wedding anniversary. The room was excellent, very comfortable, no complaints there, but don't be mis-led by the name and pictures to expect a period chateau ambience.  The interior of the hotel and dining room is very modern with no character at all.

However, we had a very disappointing meal. 

I suspect this chef favours "sous-vide" cooking, aka "boil-in-the-bag".  Everything seemed poached/steamed and therefore flavourless.  A starter with "hot" foie gras was the most tasteless I have ever eaten - "poeléd" f.g., seared and almost crispy on the outside, is divine.  This was soggy and unpleasant.

Only one dish, Turbot with a good selection (of minute portions) of vegetables, would I rate as excellent.  In this case, the poaching was appropriate.  The main, Bresse chicken, was also poached and tasteless, with an overly sweet and almost cloying sauce.

That brings me to another issue - the chef has a very sweet tooth.  The foie gras starter was accompanied by very interesting "lollipops" with variations on the foie gras, but all sweet.  I liked, my wife didn't.  And the deserts were almost like something out of a sweetie shop.  

The bread was good, though.

The sweet tooth continued at breakfast.  An assortment of what can only be called puddings was offered, various concoctions of rice and yoghurt and fruit, all sweet, together with various Viennoiserie and brioches.  Baguette?  Croissant?  Apparently beneath them.  We asked if we could have some of the excellent bread we had had at dinner.  They brought a few slices of different breads, but included the onion bread - hardly appropriate for breakfast!!

On the plus side, it is not expensive by 2-star standards, but neither was the food up to that standard.  The wine was expensive, as expected, but not exorbitant,  A very good (we thought) white Bourgogne (Ladoix 1re cru) was €65.  €10 for a litre of Vittel did seem excessive.

Total damage for dinner, bed and breakfast for two (séjour gourmand, low season) was €632.

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Reviewed March 3, 2012

If you are visiting Lille, you should consider booking a table at Marc Meurin. It's about an hour drive, but it's worth it. We had a blast with this restaurant.
From the lobster, the poultry,the turbot to the chocolate dessert : Excellent food, great service....a great experience.
We took the 125 eur menu - you can add the wine pairing for 50 eur if you'd like.
When you think that you are done....they bring you the "Gourmandises" Trolley...welcome back to your childhood!

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