Birthday Dinner at Le Bouquet Garni, Luxembourg

Uff! Even if I pretend to be young, I needed some days to recover from the last birthday week end – after three days of partying I still feel a bit blurred.

On Friday night, that was actually the day of my birthday, my husband booked a table at Le Bouquet Garni. Even if I love French restaurants, we never had a chance to visit this one during our pretty long stay in Luxembourg.

The restaurant is located in the area called “Ilot Gastronomique“, in the Old Town, just behind the Grand Duke Palace. It has preserved traditional settings of the area – stone walls, timbers on view, old furniture. We were welcome in a small entrance and accompanied to our table. The restaurant has different rooms on the two floors and our table was indeed on the first one – just next to the window overlooking the back of the Palais. My husband loved the fireplace, the table was quite big for two persons and the distance with other guests more than appropriate.

There are two menu choices: a menu for 40 euro (starter, main, dessert), with brasserie imprint, and a more gastronomic one for 72 euro (again, starter, main, dessert). Both have several choices between fish and meat, plus there is the possibility to upgrade the second menu to four dishes for 85 euro.

We had a glass of champagne rose’ as aperitif – on the table there were olives and nuts to enjoy – and we went for the “Menu Selection”: cauliflower welcome from the chef, lobster as starter, sole a la “bonne femme” (with mussels and shrimps) as main and moelleux au chocolat as dessert. We accompanied the dinner with a bottle of Chablis Gran Cru.
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– The sole and the chocolate cake were just perfect. Amazing combination of tastes, fair portions, great raw materials quality. The sole was accompanied by potatoes mousse that was just delicious, while the dessert was also composed by a yummy fruit sorbet. I am still dreaming about both.
– The service and the settings were great: I really appreciate some distance between tables, the timing of the dinner was almost great, we did not wait too much but it was not even too fast. The bottle of wine was next our table but we were always served by the waiter and our glasses were never empty.
– The two menu choices are perfect if you are coming for a dinner with friends – and therefore don’t want to splash the cash – or for a special occasion – like we did. All the dishes were appealing and the portions look correct for the price.
– The location is really romantic and perfect for a tete-a-tete.

Things I did not really love about the night:
– Overpriced aperitif (and drinks). As said, we ordered a glass of champagne rose’. I have been to the most expensive restaurants in Luxembourg and normally the maximum we paid was 18 euros (with an average of 13/15 euro). The champagne was billed 26 euro per glass – 52 euro for two glasses (!!!!). As it was a blind choice – the waiter asked us if we wanted an aperitif, so we did not have any list in front of us – I really think it was too much. Skip the aperitif if you don’t want bad surprises. Drinks had a pretty high recharge as well – 9 euro for the water, 4 euro each for espresso but in line with other similar restaurants, French wines starting from 40 euro and upgrading very fast. No Italian white wines below 100 euros. What is the sense then of having a 40 euro menu if you are going to spend the double for water, coffee and wine?
– The lobster of the starter was great, but was accompanied by a light sauce that was made only of vinegar. We were provided a spoon and when I tasted the bisque I was almost disgusted. The lobster alone indeed was very good.
– Service a bit worst at the end of the dinner, when the dessert was taken to the table we were still finishing our last glass of wine. We had a very dry wine, so I would have loved to take a sweet glass with the cake. In this way we ended up not finishing our wine and not ordering anything else. We had also to ask the waiter to wait couple of minutes to serve the coffee as he seemed a bit under pressure for made us leaving – it was not even 11 pm, so not so late and we were not the last table.

In conclusion: we had a lovely dinner. We will come back for sure, maybe to try the brasserie menu, as the settings are perfect for a romantic dinner, but please remember total price is escalating fast with the drinks – so still recommended for a special occasion and not for a “I don’t want to cook” night 😛

Delano 4th Anniversary, “Skål” Party

Since last time we have been to Melusina it was not amazing, we were not really convinced when we received the invitation for Delano Magazine anniversary.

It was indeed a great party, with amazing food and a lot of drinks.

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If you don’t know if, Delano is a magazine published by Maison Moderne. It is written in English and is talking about lifestyle, events, business. The printed edition is monthly, while on the website you can subscribe the newsletter “10 things to do this week” that is my favorite bit. I am always waiting to receive it each and every Tuesday 🙂 Not only several different kind of events are included – theatre, nightlife, family events – but also each and every time they give you the possibility to win tickets for concerts, shows, performances.

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The magazine is already 4 years old and as every year, Delano was partying with a special theme – linked to a specific country or culture, it has been Ireland, India and England, and this year was dedicated to the Nordic countries.

The party was on invitation only between 6.30 and 8.30 pm and, even if we arrived pretty early, we had to queue a bit as it was already packed! Melusina has been dressed up for the occasion: an igloo and a mountain hut with hot wine and savory bites on the way to the entrance, Nordic flags all over, hostess with Finnish hats and futuristic lights.

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We drank cremant and ate couple of appetizers prepared by Njörd, the Nordic eatery with restaurants in Kirchberg and Hamm. The bites were delicious – the herrings one was my favorite – but it was quite complicated gaining yours in the middle of the crowd.

The music, with DJ Paloma Summer, was also cool – they played great 90s pop and disco classic and made me feel back a teenager for some hours.

After the prizes of the contest were assigned – IKEA voucher and Prolingua training – we moved next door to Notaro for a pizza. It was unexpectedly crowded for a Tuesday night, as most of the people from Delano party had our same idea. The pizza is the only thing I really like on Notaro menu and it was as usual super yummi – I always go for the Rustica, with Parma ham, mozzarella, arugula and cherry tomatoes – food picture cannot be in Sepia tone, sorry 🙂

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Today double session at the gym to burn it – I will sweat bubble I think 😛