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“Beautiful setting, great food and the magical dessert cupboard!”

Alexandre - Michel KAYSER
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Ranked #1 of 542 Restaurants in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$106 - US$291
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting, great food and the magical dessert cupboard!”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

Set in beautiful crafted, green gardens in the Nimes countryside, this restaurant certainly promises a lot. And it largely delivers.

I dined here with my brother after the recent Arsenal match, just before we got our flight out. We went for the smaller tasting menu for 104 Euros. It came to 140 Euros each with 1 1/2 bottles of wine. Very good value.

Some interesting flavour combinations and really well cooked food. The portions were really well sized.

Lunch started with the terrine of Duck Foie Gras with oyster in jelly and seawater foam. Was not really sure this was going to work, but the richness and fattiness of the foie gras worked in perfect harmony with the salty oyster. Probably a little too salty for my pallet. But a new combination (for me) that worked well. (7.5/10).

This was followed by the grilled red mullet, with artichoke juice and basil (9/10). This was excellent. The red mullet was cooked exceptionally well and the artichoke juice was delicious. This came with two little parcels, one containing pesto and topped with tortellini and the other containing sun dried tomato. These added a saltiness and a tartness to the dish, which really brought the dish to life.

To cleanse the pallet we were brought orange flower ice cream, almond granite and black olive oil crust. This did the job and tasty lovely. Well balanced, cool and pallet cleansing (8.5/10).

Our main dish was the lamb leg grilled over vine clippings, puree of beans w. Savory juice. Some great flavours, though disappointingly the lamb was a little over cooked. The savory juice was delicious - rich and thick. Helped to lift the dish considerably. It also came with a small number of fried slices of garlic which I really like (8.5/10).

The cheese cupboard which followed was generous with some really nice choices. Including the nicest brie I have ever had. The bread that was offered was an appropriate vehicle, though nothing exciting (9/10).

The highlight of the meal was the dessert cupboard. When opened it looked like a sweet shop and offered an array of desserts from ice-cream and sorbet to cakes and mouses. I chose the crème brulee ice cream, the soufflé ice cream, a small chocolate and raspberry cake and the passion fruit, banana, chocolate and caramel cake. Each was delicious in its own way. A real treat. (9.5/10)

To top it off we were given the delicious amuse bouche.

And we were even given a free lift to the airport by the owners daughter.

Very much worth a visit.

  • Visited September 2012
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north of england
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“An experience”
Reviewed 8 August 2012

This I must admit was my first 2* michelin experience. I live 15 mins from a 1* in England and visit frequently so was very much looking forward to this restaurant. One thing I checked was the price and I was expecting to be able to get a meal for 80euros but the cheapest menu was 102euros this surprised me. The setting in the garden was lovely. The presentation of the food was also superb however at that price I will probably not be returning,thats why I have said it was an experience.

  • Visited August 2012
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Auckland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Bucket list material; exquisite!”
Reviewed 28 July 2012

Don't you hate reviews full of superlatives? I do. So I will try not to write that kind of review, but it is going to be very very difficult. This restaurant experience begins with the booking, very hard to get in, we got lucky. The door is opened for the patrons at 8pm, and is opened for each group personally. The magic has started. There is a warmth and poise about everything that happens. We were seated inside. Beautiful chairs, comfortable for the 3-4 hour experience. The table is just the right size, the cutlery exquisite. You don't notice the other patrons moving around the restaurant, you don't hear other patrons conversation. The staff had such confidence and knowledge, not a whiff of attitude, especially given our basic french. My husband and son both spent the evening moving from one blissful state to another, I could see the food and wine made them smile, laugh with pleasure and surprise. We were greeted by the great man himself as we left, a true artist. Unforgettable.

  • Visited July 2012
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Worth a 3rd star !”
Reviewed 19 July 2012

What an experience!
The attention to details is just fantastic, what a great work happening in the Kitchen.
I can't write a enough about the explosion of flavours in your mouth, this is can only be appreciated by tasting.
There is a lot for the french restaurants to learn from this amazing service. Everyone knows what is happening in your plate and can give you the details that you don't expect.
Fantastic experience will come back for the menu !
If you are looking to stay for the night just book a room at Le Mas de l'esperance!

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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Amazing flavors”
Reviewed 2 June 2012

Within the category of 2 Michelin stars Alexandre is not the best I've had, but it certainly deserves them. The location is a bit odd, right next to a busy road in an residential area, but once you're on the grounds of the hotel & restaurant, you're in a zone of tranquility. The setting is nice, modern and minimalist, but still shows quality from the moment you set foot in the restaurant. We were the first guests of the night, so the chef had time to come out and say hi, which was a great touch.

We opted for the dinner Menu Degustation, which was a wonderful story of flavors, each dish better than the previous. I loved how the ingredients were put together in a way they created new flavors, rather than just being individual ingredients on the plate. The sauces were always served extra, so you could add them to the dish, and good thing, because every single sauce in the menu was delicious. I wiped clean all my plates!

The dessert trolley is impressive and makes you feel literally like a kid in a candy shop. But the desserts on the trolley could have been better. I preferred the pre-dessert that was served.

The language barrier and the fact that the main dishes and desserts could have been a bit more refined are the reasons why I'm giving Alexandre 4 stars instead of 5. But you should still go, it's wonderful!

  • Visited May 2012
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