June 23, 2001
There were a variety of fixed-price menus. We both chose the one for 175 FF (about $25). We started with the house terrine, which was mostly liver, studded with pistachios and hazelnuts. We both thought it was well-seasoned and not too salty or fatty. Good cornichons accompanied the terrine. The main course was four nicely cooked tiny lamb rib chops (just past rare) served with mushroom duxelles (finely chopped and sauteed mushrooms) blended with shallots and a touch of cream along with pureed potatoes, also made with cream. My husband wanted to put the lamb bones in his pocket to take back to the hotel to gnaw all the little morsels in private. Dessert was stewed apples with apple ice cream. We ended the meal with coffee served with chocolates. Service was smooth and neither cold nor overly familiar. The meal was good enough that we considered returning the following evening. As it turned out, we had a big lunch the next day (at Les Berceaux), so we skipped dinner; instead my husband had a hunk of sausage and some fruit and I had some yogurt purchased from the food hall at the Galeries Lafayette department store.
By the way, don't confuse this restaurant with Le Vigneron, another restaurant in Reims.
From journal A Taste of the Champagne Region