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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Les Crayerès-Gastronomy in Reims

Ahh... who wouldn't want to stroll into this palace and discover "the art and science of good eating" through savoring a meal here? I think that I could eat here everyday but I worry if my little American stomach could get used to the richness of foie gras. I have eaten so much of it the last few weeks (on honey toast, on baguette, surrounded by apples, etc.) that I think surprisingly my stomach has slowly developed a tolerance for this indulgence :) I had an amazing meal here, at the Brasserie of Les Crayeres, (not far from the Pommery Champagne house) a few Sundays ago and wanted to post some pictures. A 2 course meal for 28 euro at the very nice Brassierie of a 2 Michelin Star restaurant is not bad at all in my book.

The architectural design of the interior of the restaurant was nice with a huge open kitchen and intricate metal rustic lighting. The waiters synchronized both the placement and timing of each dish as they whimsically placed them down before us (which I have to admit does have a certain degree of lure to it). Lastly the food and artistry of the plate was superb. Each dish was engineered with creative precision: first an artistic brush of sauce surrounding the edge of the plate infiltrated with small delicately placed pieces of parsley and rock salt- then in the center a square block of foie gras on top of a bed of warm lentils served along side a tiny pitcher of gravy which the waiter poured after placing the dish on the table before us. Ahh delicious. This was followed by a breast of duck over a bed of fig compote and warm jus and accompanied by a small glass terrine of creamy mashed potatoes. With a few glasses of Champagne expect to be left satisfied and having paid around 5o Euro. I will return... Next week maybe I can convince my MBA business plan French teammates, Thibault and Christophe, to meet there? We shall see... but either way I would like to make Les Crayeres a monthly tradition.

Boulevard Henry Vasnier
51100 Reims, France
+33 3 26 24 90 00


  1. the restaurant is 2star michelin.......NOT the brasserie !! and it's an expensing brasserie using its restaurant popularity to charge a lot . not worth it but good marketing.

  2. This brasserie (Le Jardin) has aspirations above its execution. The food is clumsy and imprecise, and would not be recognised as fine dining by a European. It is entirely separate from the Michelin star restaurant at Les Crayeres. It will not win such accolades yet it charges as if it already has. If you are in Reims and you want brasserie or one star food, there are many better and cheaper options. For fine dining go to Etoile or L'Assiette Champenoise.


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