2 Restaurant La Faisanderie
Restaurants in Arras do not come much more atmospheric than La Faisanderie, located in a repurposed wine cellar in an old Flemish townhouse on Grand’place, complete with arched roof and dimly lit corners. The period setting is reflected in the decor, which features white-clothcovered wooden tables, tartan-lined chairs, green napkins in folded fan shapes, and exposed stone columns.
Dishes are dictated by what can be sourced locally, using recipes that have been passed down through generations of chefs. From the menu gastronomique, I relished the smoky scent of duck foie gras complemented by the sharp flavours of melon, raspberries and balsamic vinegar. This was followed by grilled veal with a celery and butternut squash mash, asparagus and garlic, which gave off wonderful aromas.
The meal finished with a duo of cheeses ‘from the meadow’, which topped off a truly French meal, with a refreshing grassy and milky taste.
A regular diner told me that he always comes back to La Faisanderie when he is in Arras because each course offers an insight into how the French have dined for centuries, using what they have available on their doorstep. The chefs do not try anything fancy but keep things plain and simple at reasonable prices, which suits locals and visitors alike. Open Tue 7-9.30pm, Wed-sat 121.30pm and 7-9.30pm, Sun 12-1.30pm. Menu gastronomique from €30. 45 Grand’place, 62000 Arras Tel: (Fr) 3 74 11 64 69 www.restaurant-la-faisanderie.com