Delano 4th Anniversary, “Sk√•l” 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 ūüôā 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 Рlinked 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 Рthe herrings one was my favorite Рbut 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 ūüôā

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

Saturday night: Brasserie Mansfeld in Clausen & Melusina

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

We passed by Melusina, where everything was set for Januar party, hosted by Un Monde Merveilleux, in collaboration with Janette,  Rosport 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 Рupstairs Рand the downstairs space is transformed in a soft lighted lounge, in a similar style Рif you have been there in the past, you probably remember that the room at the entrance was more baroque while the 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 for¬†including also the dessert. The “Mansfeld classic” dishes for two¬†– Chateaubriand, Sole, Cote de Boeuf, just to mention some, are still on the list¬†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 ūüôā

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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 the¬†case and I could enjoy my wine without bothering my guests with my disputable choices ūüėõ

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