Positive reviews for Les Grands Buffets, the French eatery with a VERY grand £36 all-you-can-eat buffet
A French restaurant has taken the all-you-can-eat buffet concept, given it a good knock and upgraded it into a luxuriously decadent affair.
At Les Grands Buffets in Narbonne on the Mediterranean coast, guests pay a fixed price of £36 (€42.90) and then enjoy foie gras, roast quail, frogs’ legs, Burgundy snails and lobster, accompanied by table maintenance.
The lavish banquet doesn’t end there. The eatery holds the Guinness World Record for the most types of cheese available in a restaurant, with a whopping 111 varieties of fine cheese. The restaurant has a ‘strength index’ for the cheeses and recommends starting with the low numbers before moving up to the more tart varieties.
Pictured is the cheese selection at Les Grands Buffets, which holds the Guinness World Record for most types of cheese available in a restaurant
For a fixed price of £36 (€42.90), guests can enjoy foie gras, roast quail and lobster (pictured left). Louis Privat and his wife Jane founded Les Grands Buffets in 1989. Pictured to the right is the interior of one of the restaurant’s four opulent dining rooms
Louis Privat and his wife Jane founded the eatery in 1989, taking the restaurant’s chic buffet concept inspired by French history books.
The website states: ‘From the Middle Ages onward, crowned heads and the French aristocracy held their grand banquets.
‘Les Grands Buffets invites the public to experience the revival of a dying tradition: the classic ‘Feast à la Française’.’
White linen tablecloths line the tables, which are topped with stem glasses, embroidered napkins, and fish knives and forks.
“Les Grands Buffets invites the public to experience the revival of a dying tradition: the classic “feast à la Francaise,” the restaurant’s website reveals
Pictured to the left is the new ice cream corner where diners can try flavors such as Peach Melba and Irish coffee. On the right is a chocolate fountain in Les Grands Buffets. Despite offering such a range of decadent dishes for a low fixed price, the restaurant continues to make a profit
There are four dining rooms in the restaurant, each with its own ‘decoration and style’, as well as a dining area in the garden. The newest room, the ‘Doré Room’, opened earlier this year. It is decorated with gold leaf and crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling.
Elsewhere in the restaurant, visitors can admire Art Deco sculptures, metal cutlery lighting fixtures, Baroque decorations and bubbling water fountains.
What’s the biggest hit at dinner parties? The world record cheese buffet – which is 30 meters long – is a clear favorite, we are told.
The selection of lobster and shellfish in the restaurant. When it comes to main courses, the lobster a l’Americaine is loved
One of the dining rooms. ‘I half expected Louis XIV to walk in and sit at the next table,’ wrote one Tripadvisor reviewer after their visit
Pictured to the left is Les Grands Buffets founder Louis Privat, next to the record-breaking cheese selection, which is 100 feet (30 meters) long. On the right, a chef prepares the desserts. The restaurant’s team of six pastry chefs prepare more than 50 homemade desserts every day
A seafood station in the restaurant. The Les Grands Buffets website states: ‘From the Middle Ages, crowned heads and the French aristocracy held their grand banquets’
It is recommended to book a table well in advance. For more information, visit lesgrandsbuffets.com
There are four dining rooms in the restaurant, each with its own ‘decor and style’
Popular choices for starters include the nine types of country ham on offer, and when it comes to main courses, the ‘canard au sang’ is [pressed duck] and the lobster a l’Americaine are popular.
The restaurant’s team of six pastry chefs prepare more than 50 homemade desserts every day. There is also a chocolate fountain, a Crepes Suzette station and a new ice cream corner where guests can try flavors such as peach Melba and Irish coffee, as well as the house specialty based on chestnut.
Along the way, visitors can work their way through multiple wines, choosing from a selection of 70 varieties. The drinks are not part of the fixed price, but wine and champagne are sold at cellar door prices – making it much cheaper than your average restaurant.
If customers decide to buy a box of six bottles to go, the bottle they enjoyed during their meal is free.
Despite offering such an array of decadent dishes, the restaurant continues to make a profit – even during the pandemic.
A Tripadvisor user, visiting this year, wrote: “I half expected Louis XIV to walk in and sit down at the next table. It is lavishly decorated, with large candlesticks, huge gold mirrors and a living wall that looks like a Versailles tapestry.’
It is recommended to book a table well in advance. For more information visit lesgrandsbuffets.com.