There are a few things that make a real difference in a 2 Michelin starred restaurant. For sure not the courtesy of staff (tick), the impeccability of the décor (tick), the number of amuse-bouches, the home made paninis or exotic butters that can already fill you up in a blink of an eye (all ticks). The thing that should really make you "wow" is, in our opinion, the food, in particular the main courses. We enjoyed our lunch at La Mere Brazier, but really lacked that wow factor. The roasted lamb was good, obviously perfectly cooked, but very, very, very tasty (we don't expect lamb to taste like chicken, but this one was surprisingly intense in flavour despite its size), and the accompaniment was to our horror so greasy it was inedible. The waiter cleared the dish and did not even ask why the accompaniment was left untouched. The chasse again was balanced in flavour with its sauce and accompaniments (although the mix of polenta and gnocchi is something we would not characterise as extremely successful), but something that faded from our memory in just a few hours. The wine list is extremely rich, but with very few options under 50 euros, which is a share given the repertoire of excellent but affordable wines in the region.
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