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La Houblonniere: Great French Bistro
We had a fabulous dinner at La Houblonniere.
It is a centrally located Bistro, in Lille's main square, Place General de Gaulle.
There is seating out in the square, and two levels of seating inside. When we arrived the weather was looking ominous, so we chose to sit inside the cosy restaurant.
Service was friendly and food tasty.
Favorite Dish: We had Steak Frites and also a local specialty - a kind of beef stew - delicious!
Also managed to squeeze in an excellent Creme Brulee.
And all washed down with a tasty Bordeaux!!
La Houblonniere: Just about OK
It was a hot Sunday evening in April. Not all restaurants were open so we landed up here in the Grand Place.
Not a bad place to be!
Lots of people about, and some excitement as the results in the first round in the Presidential Election were awaited.
Service was appalling. The No Smoking ban applied since Feb 2007 in many local eating establishments was not observed here. Even outside we were smothered by the smoke of the pleasant, friendly couple at our side.
Food - when it eventually arrived - was acceptable - no more. But the friendly, non smoking father and son on our other side engaged us in conversation and turned a dull evening into one to remember. The joys of travel....
Favorite Dish: The food was not memorable. Can't remember the cost.
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