Eating out in Reims: Les Crayères 2* Michelin
The husband planned a surprise week get away in Reims and visits to the champagne houses to celebrate our first anniversary. Les Crayères is an institution and definitely worthy of all the awards and accoloades for its hotel, and the food. I am bummed we didn’t stay here, granted old school grandeur isn’t my taste, but it would have completed the experience. If you can’t bear the splurge for dinner at the 2* restaurant, I can’t recommend their brasserie Le Jardin enough where we had lunch the next day because we had such an amazing time. Delicious set lunches over more great boutique vineyard champagnes without breaking the bank, what’s not to love?
This was the best meal in our two weeks road tripping across France dining at Michelin starred restaurants – part of the husband’s annual ‘research’ and to connect with the French chefs fraternity to catch up with friends.
I was away for work and missed Philippe Mille’s promotion when he was in Macau at The Tasting Room and scheduled to be back in 2016, but it was all for the better because I got the original experience – which was phenomenal and got to visit the kitchen after. Everything here was light, fresh, lots of seafood, a wonderful quail, foie gras stuffed fleur de courgette, perfectly executed fruit dessert, beautiful mignardises – all full of saveur.
Well, when in Reims, drink champagne at all times of day (they say the best time to start tasting is 11am when your palate just opens). We took the plunge to take the the 100% Pinot Meunier chartogne taillet, a single parcel champagne and then we spent the next couple of days driving all over to cellars to try buy a bottle or two. I’m far from a wine expert, and only have the privilege of drinking plenty of good stuff playing tag-along, which has greatly helped me to find out exactly what I like and don’t. It is indeed what is described as a “pure life force“.you can read more about it here from the experts.