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BKWine Pick: La Banque, Epernay

>> Monday, January 03, 2011

La Banque is a new restaurant in Epernay in Champagne and as the name indicates, it is an old bank that has been transformed into a restaurant. The proportions are impressive; it is a huge restaurant with very high ceiling. But it still manages to have a certain cosy character. As you can imagine, the bar is also of an impressive length and here you can taste a number of champagnes by the glass. The choice is vast; you have the big houses and also small, less well known producers. The food is typical French brasserie food of good quality: duck breast (17.50 euro), entrecôte (23.50 euro), calf liver (19), veal cutlet (19.50), sweetbread (29) and more. Starters to recommend are for instance the truffle risotto (16) and the lobster ravioli (24). A 2-course menu is 17, 50 euro och a 3-course is 26.50. Weekends you can have a Menu Weekend starting from 38 euro. Open every day.

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Wink Lorch January 03, 2011 9:57 AM  

Thanks, that's really useful to know Per - I always find Epernay centre a little limited.
Bonne Année!

Christian Callec January 03, 2011 10:21 AM  

Thanks, nice to know... What about Le Théatre, still existing? I liked that restaurant very much... in the center of Epernay.

Per and Britt, BKWine January 03, 2011 10:22 AM  

Bonne Année to you too!

Yes, curiously Champagne is not very well served with reasonably priced and good quality restos. Especially not Epernay. Odd for a place that supposedly is one of the best wine regions in France.

Let us know what you think if you go there!


Per and Britt, BKWine January 03, 2011 10:24 AM  

@ Christian

No, we've not been there (at least not in recent history...). Have heard not too enthusiastic comments, but without having been there oneself it is of course difficult to judge. So it is a good sign that you were happy with it (but perhaps not in recent history either...). We will try it next time!


Christian Callec January 09, 2011 9:40 AM  

Well, it depends on what you like and what you expect, that is personal, of course. What I liked (indeed, until a few years ago) was that the meals were good and a good mixture of revisited traditional/innovative food. The wine card was good and offering not only the boring big brands with no guts, but also terroir champagnes from smaller but good producers. It was the place where many producers were coming for the lunch with their clients. And the owner was at that time a nice and easy smiling Flemish. Good for the Flemish and Dutch wine buyers... ;-)

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