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“Underwhelmed by the food”

Brasserie Flo Excelsior
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Ranked #50 of 444 Restaurants in Reims
Price range: US$22 - US$47
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
County Dublin, Ireland
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Underwhelmed by the food”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Flo came as a recommendation from our hotel as "gastronomic", and from the look of the place we were very much looking forward to our meals. Unfortunately we were quite disappointed. First up, they took a while to bring our drinks, which they served with croutons and an aubergine mousse. We barely had time to eat one crouton when our food was on it's way, so the waiter just removed the still-full plate without saying a word (Thanks for taking something away as swiftly as you offered it). Our Steak Tartare arrived next, and I honestly thought it should be a dish that is hard to screw up. I was wrong. The fries (pommes frites) were cold and really unappetising (obviously from frozen), the salad was swimming in dressing which itself was too heavy in what I would guess was red wine vinegar (I flinched with every mouthful) and the steak Tartare was tasteless and lacked any beef flavour, with bits of grissle throughout (I use better quality mince meat to make a bolognaise sauce). The only thing that was good was how quickly they brought the bill - without the chocolates that I'd seen them leave for other tables around us. I wouldn't go back here.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
236 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“A special lunch for a favourite relative”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Sunday lunch here is a very good experience and we did enjoy it. The food I would say is a bit formulaic. Very well presented and served but lacking in originality. The wine list was also very good but a bit pricey. One really good tip is to join the Esprit Brasserie group which includes Bofinger in Paris. You get points and 10% off the next time you visit a restaurant in the group within a certain time scale. There is a form on each table and you get another piece of plastic but I think well worth having.

  • Visited April 2014
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Reigate, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Fantastic building and great service”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We just walked in and were lucky to get a table, best to book. They gave us a nice corner table and the service was really good without being too fancy. Food excellent, chateaubriand and scallops particularly good, but the whole meal was excellent and the service friendly. Cost for 3 was about 180 euros so not cheap but well worth it. Walking distance from centre of Reims.

Visited May 2014
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Excellence.”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Honestly we were initially drawn to this restaurant by the architecture and vibe from the outside. We inquired and they happened to have a table for 3 open up, so we grabbed it early in the evening. We each had a 4 course meal complete with the most perfect French profiteroles for the finale. Not the cheapest place around but worth every penny if you love great food and fantastic service. They even brought out a water bowl for my little pug who came a long. One of the most memorable meals I've had in France.

  • Visited July 2013
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Essex
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Hard to fault”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

We showed up at around 8.45 on May 1st which is also a holiday in France and they were rammed full. The maître d' said he would have a table for 2 within 20 minutes so we were happy to wait with a glass of wine. Within 10 minutes were were seated and the menu was extensive and interesting.

We had 2 courses, more wine (another glass each), water and 1 coffee and the bill was €130 however the food was sublime, the service excellent and friendly. We came close to returning as it was about 25 yards from the hotel, but we ventured further afield instead. I would go back without hesitation and loved the jambon de Reims!

Visited May 2014
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