Easter Week end At Le Clervaux, Boutique & Design Hotel, Clervaux, Luxembourg

Finally this year we decided to leave Luxembourg for Easter break.

Considering the bad weather forecast and the fact we did not want to spend all day travelling, we booked at Le Clervaux, a hotel boutique located in Clervaux, in the north of Luxembourg.

We took our train on Sunday morning – actually bus plus train, as there were some works on the road – and we got to Clervaux in around one hour and a half.

The village is lovely and the hotel is about ten minutes walking from the station.

Things we loved about our stay

– Our suite was huge. TV in the bathroom, shower and bath, king size bed, Nespresso machine, minibar, amazing wardrobe. Nothing was really missing, it was the perfect room.
– The breakfast the morning after was also outstanding – we had even champagne.
– We booked our stay because of the wellness center in the hotel and we had mostly great time. The “sauna world” has sauna, salt grotto, steam bath, relaxation area and much more. Clean and relaxing. We had also a “couple massage” for 30 minutes that was super.
– The hotel has two restaurants – a gastronomic Italian one (Da Lonati) and a steakhouse/pizzeria (Rhino). We tried the steakhouse, had some shared charcuterie as starter and coteĀ a l’os and steak for main (#foodporn pictures are following the post). Delicious. I would not exclude to visit it again even if a bit far from the city, as it was one of the best meat I had in my life – to remind: yummy truffle mayonnaise and extremely kind service.
– There was also an elegant bar – Cabana Lounge -, that was very animated, where we get drunk after dinner – to remove all the wellness hours’ benefits šŸ˜›

The only thing we did not like very much:

– The pool area was shared with the next door hotel and was full of kids. I honestly prefer hotels without kids but I am pretty sympathetic if they are well-behaving. In this case, they were just diving in the pool, making a lot of noises and using the Jacuzzi for their games. I would say this was not the situation for kids. If you book a boutique hotel with only suites, you won’t expect to share common area with another hotel for families. We ended up not using the pool as it was really messy.

On Monday morning there was a market just next to the Castle and we spent some hours around – notwithstanding the cold.

In conclusion, it was a lovely breakĀ and if you would like to have some relax without travelling too much, it is definitely recommended – maybe off-peak season in order to avoid confusion.

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Saturday night: Brasserie Mansfeld in Clausen & Melusina

We had (finally)Ā a busy Saturday schedule last week end and I woke up early for my work out at the gym before relaxing a bitĀ and getting ready.

We passed by Melusina, where everything was set for Januar party, hosted by Un Monde Merveilleux, in collaboration with Janette,Ā  RosportĀ and Luxuriant. The idea was super cool: fashion shows, exhibitions, artistic performances. Unluckily, our timing was totally wrong as we arrived before the start of the shows and the only thing we could do was admiring the cool white-inspired settings and having a couple of drinks.
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Lately, we booked at Brasserie Mansfeld. The restaurant used to be one of my favorite when I arrived in Luxembourg, the one where we were always going for special celebrations. The closure, couple of years ago, came for us out of the blue and we were really glad when they open again, just few months ago.

There have been some restructuring works that preserved the original building structure but changed a bit the space settings, in a positive way. Now there is only one main dining room – upstairs – and the downstairs space is transformed in a soft lighted lounge, in a similar style – if you have been there in the past, you probably remember that theĀ room at the entrance was more baroque while theĀ upstairs one had a very modern style, so the mood of your night was basically depending on which room you had been placed to.

We were welcome by the new owner, Mr. Zang, and accompanied to our table, isolated on the balcony. The menu has some new inspirations, like the dining formula at set price, 40 euro for starter and main, 49 forĀ including also the dessert. The “Mansfeld classic” dishes for twoĀ – Chateaubriand, Sole, Cote de Boeuf, just to mention some, are still on the listĀ and they added some nice platters to share.

Before starting we received a welcome from the chef, a savory amuse bouche composed of salmon mousse.

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We went for an Italian dish to share, a delicious platter that combined charcuterie, grilled vegetables and paned mozzarella, and that was super yummy together with the lovely home-made bread, and we continued with the Chateaubriand. We took 2 portions for 500 gr each (you can either choose the 700 gr), they were presented already on the plat together with exquisite Bernese sauce and potatoes. The only thing that deluded us a bit was the fact that, in the past, the Chateaubriand was always taken to the table as a full piece and cut in front of the clients. Receiving the meat already portioned ruined a bit the nice side of the dish – so it looks not so much different than ordering a tagliata or a filet de bouef. On the other side, the meat was soft as butter, perfect together with its sauce, and tasted heavenly, so there was not much to complain about with mouth full šŸ™‚

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Boys drunk a bottle of French red wine and I took for myself two glasses of lovely Sancerre. The wine list is reasonably wide and has a very good choice of wine glasses at a legitimate price – this is totally uncommon for restaurant at this level in my experience, as either they have combinations of wine for the full meal or they apply extreme recharges to the single glass. Thanks God, this was not theĀ case and I could enjoy my wine without bothering my guests with my disputable choices šŸ˜›

The restaurant was pretty busy but the service was fairly correct and the owner came couple of times to our table to check that everything was going well – appreciated.

We concluded with espresso, accompanied by biscuits and home-made chocolate – just perfect.

The price was definitely fair: 254 euro in total for a big starter to share, two Chateaubriand for 500 gr, a bottle of red wine, two glasses of white, two bottles of waters and four espressos.

Mansfeld confirm its historical fashion, in a renewed environment and for a great quality/price. We will definitely come back to check also the new dishes on the menu.

Brasserie Mansfeld
3, rue de la Tour Jacob,
L-1831 Luxembourg

Week End Chronicles: “Saueren Honger” Vernissage and Dipso The Wine Republic

Here some pictures of the most engaging part of last week end – Friday night. Anna and myself went straight from the office to Kjub, a restaurant I have been in the past that is able to merge in the same location a going out spot (resto, lounge, bar) and an art gallery.

 
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In this special occasion, for the vernissage of Saueren Honger, the restaurant settings disappeared and they left space to extremely bold paintings around. “Saueren Honger”, in fact, means “munchies”, in English, “impossible food combinations” – looking at the pictures you should probably understand the concept a bit better. The idea was super cool, it was pretty busy and, aside the classic bar, you can have some gin tonic tasting from Go Ten bar. They proposed different kind of gins to be accompanied with spices and fruits. We had the Rangpur Tanqueray, named after the area from India where this gin is coming from, with strong aromas of juniper, coriander, bay leaves and ginger. We tasted it with lemon leaves first and with lemongrass afterwards. Both drinks were different from the usual gin-tonic we have been used to, extremely flavored and spicy.

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After that, we headed downtown for a drink. We opted for Dipso, a new wine bar concept that was created recently in the old town area, just between Steiler and Monkey’s. The location is small but cozy and the internal dĆ©cor differs from all other night-life spots in the city center, trying to adhere as much as possible to the area surroundings (rock walls, Spartan tables, dark lightings, bottles of wine all around). The bar was full and we wereĀ lucky enough toĀ find a tall table just in the middle of the only room. Clients were mainly professionals and couples. We had a Chablis bottle (39 euro) from the short wine list (from Pinot Blanc to Chardonnay on white side, from France or Luxembourg, from 19 Euro to around 60). Perfect temperature and great taste. We accompanied it with a “Spanish Board” composed by two types of chorizo, one of lomo, cheese and ham. The bar offers different “planchette” (Italian, Japanese, Spanish…) from 19 to 25 euro. Together with the bread, it was quite fine as appetizer and to continue – temporary – our night out without passing out (LOL). The quality of the cuts was indeed great and they were also well presented. Just as talks, we were just noting that, in my town, in Italy, when you order a bottle of wine, a plat like that is considered included in the price of the “aperitivo” . Yes, for sure here in Luxembourg the culture is different and anyway, even if not extremely cheap, it was a very nice aperitif.
We actually wanted to order another bottle after a ciggy break, but when back inside we found our place occupied. The waiter offered us to ask the people to leave but we kindly refused and moved on – note to self: advise the waiter when you are just smoking outside and you don’t have intention to leave next timeĀ šŸ™‚

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So at the end, Dipso was a great choice, definitely a place to come back and to suggest if you want to have a glass of good wine and some appetizer in an fascinating kind of medieval settings. Above all, really appreciated, something quite different from all the bars already on the scene.

Some post related info:

Kjub Restaurant – Gallery
49-51 BVD DR. CHARLES MARX
L-2130 LUXEMBOURG

Saueren Honger exhibition will be still available to be seen if you pass by.

Dipso – The Wine Republic
4 ,rue de la Loge
Luxembourg, Luxembourg