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The top 3 Michelin starred restaurants in Lille

If you’re planning a visit to the northern French city of Lille, make sure you book ahead for a palate-pleasing evening at one of its three one-star Michelin restaurants, La Laiterie, Le Val d’Auge or L’Arbre.

The captivating city of Lille is known for its 17th and 18th century Flemish architecture and charming cobbled streets, but its restaurant scene is equally worth writing home about. With easy Eurostar access from Paris, London, Brussels and beyond, there’s every reason to start saving those Euros and look forward to a feast fit for a king.

La Laiterie (138 Av. de l’Hippodrome, Lambersart)

Sweetbreads

 

For an elegant night out head to La Laiterie, where fresh white cloths top the tables and deep crimson curtains dress huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The seasonal menu is equally impressive, with impossible-to-recreate-in-your-kitchen dishes like creamy veal sweetbreads served with golden sautéed carrots and buttery foie gras poached in a fragrant snail broth.

Splash out on the six-course menu découverte (‘discovery menu’), or if you’d prefer to sample what’s on offer before settling in for a big meal, try the more compact weekday lunch deal first. Price guide: €56-110

 

Le Val d’Auge (805 Av. du Gén. de Gaulle, Bondues)

egg cocotte

 

This classically refined kitchen in the village of Bondues, 20 minutes north of Lille, will appeal to those looking for an exquisite dining experience in elegant surroundings. Owner and chef Christophe Hagnerelle is a master of using modern French flair to spice up seasonal, local produce. Mouthwatering starters such as egg cocotte with black truffle complement show-stopping mains like turbot a la plancha, but it’s the desserts that do most of the talking.

Try the sharp pink grapefruit tart, paired with a sweet caramelised endive compote. As with most high-end restaurants, there’s also a great tasting menu that serves up to six scrummy courses. Bon appétit.

Price guide: €28-108

 

L’Arbre (1 Pavé Jean-Marie Leblanc, Gruson)

langoustines

The upmarket red brick restaurant is just a convenient 20-minute drive from our Park Inn by Radisson Lille Grand Stade. L’Arbre has a minimalist, warmly lit dining room where guests can give into temptations like tender langoustines served with beautifully cooked tête de veau and sauce ravigote. Adventurous types should definitely try one of the set menus including the ‘surprise’, where diners bravely sign up blind to what’s on offer.

A word of warning: what arrives on each table is likely to vary, courtesy of Chef Yorann Vandriessche’s sense of mischief. Ask for a table on the breezy terrace, where you can watch the sun go down as you finish your meal. Another big plus of L’Arbre is its children’s menu, making it one of the few Michelin star restaurants to cater for petit gourmands.

Price guide: €29-79

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