Le Repaire du Lion: Good Value
A creperie that also sells salads. Very friendly and helpful. Slightly off the main tourist area, so place is frequented by locals.
Favorite Dish: From a choice of over 100, we had the "Popeye" crepes - spinach and ham. Also had dessert crepes, which were very good. Recommend a pichet of cider.
Open Monday - Saturday: 11.45-14.00 and 19.00-23.00
From October until the end of April: Saturday: 12.00-23.00Related to:
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Flammekueche are a traditional Alastian speciality originating from the north of Strasbourg. The restaurant is a bit like a diner with not much atmosphere. However, it is clean and friendly. The Flammekueche are delicious.
Favorite Dish: Chicken and herbs - hot and tastyRelated to:
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Aux Bouchees Doubles: Fantastic host and food
Don't miss dinner at Aux Bouchees Doubles, 11 Rue de Saint Andre, Lille. Fantastic food (potato gratin was delicious) at great prices. Staff are very friendly and efficient and Jacque the owner is a must meet, gregarious, friendly and over the top. Made dinner a proper event and even gave us both a complimentary glass of champagne. Dinner for two with wine came to around 40 euros.
We also went to N'autre after seeing in recommended on Virtual Tourist. Don't go, it is overpriced and all the main courses come with a tiny bowl of sliced potato's and overdone green beans. for 80 euros I felt completely ripped off, there are plenty of other places that have a better standard of food and better value menu.
Favorite Dish: Steak, duck, frites, potato gratin, fish, pork,champagne, fabulous traditional french cooking at great prices.Related to:
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L'Authentique estaminet: So good we went there twice!
We stumbled on this clean, tidy and quite modern establishment quite by accident. It is to be found in the pretty rue de gand, where several l'estaminet can be found which are featured in the various guidebooks. This one isn't but it was quite excellent!
The staff are friendly, efficient and courteous. Even thought they clearly spoke very good English, they allowed us to try out our pigeon French without being patronising!
We went along early on a Saturday evening and quickly gained a table. We were, by all accounts very fortunate in doing so since in the words of 'Monsieur'; on a Saturady they are full, full full! Booking for a Saturady is usually recommended.
They are closed on a Sunday (shame) but open for luch and dinner Monday to Saturday.
The food is of a very good quality. they do not bother asking you how your meal was - since they know - it is all excellent! Starters included le flamiche, a deceptively light cheese and leek quiche. The main courses included Entrecote et frites and a first class fish dish featuring dorade (sea bream). Beer, wine and a range of aperitifs are all available.
Other diners tended to be locals, including businessmen at lunctime. Surely a good sign!
Favorite Dish: Le fondant chocolat!!
Worth the train fare alone.
Presented beautifully with melted chocolate, vanilla ice cream and chantilly cream.
Top class chocolate - even this non-chocoholic was delighted!Related to:
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La P'tite Havane: A little bit of cuba in Lille
I had been invited to a dinner in Lille ( I took the 5 28 TGV from Paris) and in my honour, a Cuban Restaurant had been chosen.. Cuban restaurant in Lille?
When you enter the place, it does look like a well decorated Paladar from Havana. it has a cuban feel to you, just the design of the place, bar in the centre to the side, tables around it. of course, the decor was completely cuban, with a large flag presiding over it all. I met the couple and the daughter from Varadero (where he was chef for many years) and the warmth generated was incredible. I was as happy to meet them as they were to meet someone from home.. who was there just so recently.
Cocktails, the usual range. The dishes are Paladar quality but presentation is very differnt from a paladar, this is where the chef training and french sense comes in. the plates are presented well. The wife who was in the kitchen today is from Guines, a small sugar mill town near Havana. The daughter studying Business at the local university.
Favorite Dish: The menu is fairly simple, straightforward and small. The national pork dish is given prominence, but since i cant eat pork, gave it a miss. Ropa Vieja another very popular cuban dish was on menu, but tasted differently in Lille than it does in Miami.
I began with cocktail of camarones, with the yoghurt sauce and limon tasted good. then Ropa Vieja.. by this time a Pina Colada and a Mojito were had.. and some local red wine. couldnt finish the food, and they were insisting on dessert. when they saw that i liked platanos maduros, they sent a plate compliments of the house. i had a cuba libre and then Mario sent a 7 year old anejo to finish the evening.
I am very impressed with the transparent genuineness of the father, mother and the daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed my evening there. worth the one hour TGV trip. There was a large group celebrating something or other. A singer, who looked more like a circus performer and amiable, was singing latin songs, including some cuban songs.. but even in Baracoa you coudl find better singers by the dozen.. he was no match to our Mario Luis from Baracoa! but genial and adding a bit to the atmosphere..
El Koutoubia: North African Scoff
North African cous-cous etc, in pleasant enough surroundings. Don't sit near the window though, freezing. Food very good, reasonable price.
Favorite Dish: Had the Cous Cous Royale for two (you get veg stew, cous cous, four meats including wonderful merguez sausages)...for two including two beers and half a bottle of moroccan red came to 45 euros....this was lunchtime though, probably dearer in the evening.Related to:
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We enjoyed a lovely meal at Flam’s, which specialises in Flammekueche, best described as something between a pizza and a crepe. The toppings are similar to pizza, though the base is as thin as crepe base. We both went for the 11 Euro menu which offered a choice between starter & main or dessert & main. Flammekueche go especially well with beer and, this being Lille, there was a good selection of beers on offer.
Excellent friendly service
I can't remember the exact name of the restaurant but maybe it'll come to me at a later stage.
What I can remember is that it was nearby to the station across the road from the bar we were drinking in. Now on a Tuesday night in February we didn't want to be walking around too far for food and so plumped for a decent looking place.
Considering that there was about 13 of us and we all had had a couple of drinks and therefore were a bit boisterous, the service we got from the waiters and one in particular was excellent. Now somehow he decided that he could not understand a word that any of the other members of the group were saying and came to me to translate. This came about because I was at least able to count in French and so could let him know how many beers we wanted and that could they all be large ones!
Favorite Dish: I have learnt in France that it is better to go with the set menus of the day, and so we did with a few twists.
I decided to be adventurous and go for the Frogs Legs, which I hadn't actually had before, followed by the Cow's Tongue. Now this on the face of it sounds like a bad meal but it was excellent. I sent a text to the girlfriends mother who has a house in France and asked her about my choices and got the reply of "What about the dogs bollocks!
Excellent meal anyhow and not too pricy. I think that the staff enjoyed our stay and we wandered off to the karaoke bars.Related to:
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La Voute: Smoke Free!
This small estaminet style restaurant is in a lane just off Grand Place and we came across it on our first night when we were not only attracted by the Menu but also by the No Smoking Sign.
It is worth noting here that France is in the process of implementing a ban on smoking in all public places but some establishments have introduced it in advance of the 2008 deadline.
Typical French/Flemish food like waterzoi and potjevleish is served here; we enjoyed the Regional Menu at 19.50 euros . Servings are substantial and most dishes came with a generous side salad.
My husband said his beef stew was one of the best and my rabbit casserole was delicious. From the Carte we sampled a rack of lamb - so good it could have been Welsh! and salmon in a cheese sauce. Local cheeses like Maroilles and Vieux Lille were a revelation- the former is matured in brine and has a good flavour, the latter is pungently delicious. Good beers and wines are served at average prices.
Service was friendly and efficient and the place is very popular with locals. On busy nights you need to go early or make a reservation.
Favorite Dish: We both enjoyed all the meals we had here so it is difficult to pick a favourite!
I am going instead to select the cheeses which we were introduced to - local, delicious and we had never tasted them before.
So if you like cheese when in northern France look out for Maroilles and Vieux Lille.
Chez LouLou: Avoid this place!
Our fourth and last night in Lille, a Monday and many restaurants closed. We were tired and had walked a lot that day so went with the good write up about Che LouLou in the free Guide - Easy Lille.. All the signage said Chez LouLou but when the bill came it was payable to La Bigouden - perhaps it has changed hands.?
We experienced none of the "inspired, original, fabulous food and cooking" referred to in the Guide which did mention "some clumsiness in the service".
The night we went the service was appalling - the wrong starters were brought, wine and water forgotten, a basket of rock hard stale bread was served; main courses - Pave de boeuf and Dos de Saumon barely edible the "medium rare" steak was raw in the middle, side salads limp and undressed.
All the food had a strange flavour - as though someone had mistakenly put a drop of washing up liquid instead of oil into the pan. We could not face a desert or coffee but the bill still came to 59.30 Euros.
Yes - we should have complained more, made a real fuss and refused to pay but we did not want to spoil completely what had been a most enjoyable four days in Lille.
We just wont ever go there aagain.
Favorite Dish: None
Meet People Restaurant: Great Vietnamese restaurant full of character
There are a number of enticing looking restaurants along the Rue de Grand but the Vietnamese influence on the menu here looked fantastic. The interior is full of character, with contemporary furniture alongside exposed brickwork and subtle lighting. There are tables upstairs accessible via a steep metal spiral staircase.
Favorite Dish: The menu is in French and being English and not having spoken/read French for years i gambled on a starter which turned out to be parcels of diced meat and veg with a sauce. Very nice. The main course was amazing, chicken in a Cajun sauce with cashew nuts, noodles and rice. It was full of flavour and not too filling.Related to:
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Le palais du Dragon: Le palais du Dragon
Our search for food on a very busy Saturday evening in Lille took us here. Every place was totally booked as the Lille 3000 parade had just taken place but we struck lucky, someone was just leaving and we grabbed their table quick!
Food good tasty Chinese, and considering the amount of people in, fast, friendly service all at a reasonable price.
Looks like they have karaoke sometimes too...
3 Brasseurs: 3 Brasseurs
A brew pub just a few yards from our hotel? perfect.
Late evening arrival in Lille so dump the bags and straight out for food and drink.
3 brasseurs is large, busy, friendly and good value. Food very tasty, several options for vegetarin Mrs Bonio too. Tried two of the beers brewed on the premesis and no complaints there either.
This is just one of a chain, mostly in France but others can be found throughout the French speaking world.
Paul, patisserie & salon de thé: Paul, patisserie & salon de thé
Paul is an old-fashioned salon de thé established in 1889.
In the front of the building there's the bakery where you can buy their delicious pastries ; in the back is the salle where you can sit and have afternoon coffee/tea.
Favorite Dish: I'm not so much into pastries and sweets, but my husband had no trouble making a nice selection!Related to:
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Le Porthos: Le Porthos
A 'locals only' place. Lovely small bistro style restaurant/bar with a few tables on the sidewalk.
They are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or just for a glass of beer or wine.
Lots of first class wines are available by the glass.
Favorite Dish: Plat du jour: filet de rouget accompagnée d'un feuilleté d'haricots. DELICIOUS!Related to:
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