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French, European, Contemporary
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The Chais Monnet restaurant leads into a theatrically staged room that is still home to the huge hundred-year-old vats in which cognac was stored! No d...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 17 July 2022

When we arrived we were greeted at the front door to the complex by a gentleman who served as our guide as we went to the restaurant. It was unclear whether that was planned but he did a wonderful job of explaining the various elements...of the complex. Along the way, we asked if we might have an aperitif in the Jazz Bar and he checked with the woman at the spa desk and she said, rather abruptly, no, that would throw off their timing. Assuming that they were fully booked, we understood. Later, we found that they did not approach being fully booked, making her refusal even more bizarre and rude. The restaurant, along with the entire complex, was stunning and elegantly appointed. The immensity surprised us as did the elegance and stunning beauty of virtually everything. We were seated at a lovely table in a more or less private alcove and were served a glass of a very fine champagne. We never really discovered whether the champagne was part of the standard menu, which we later ordered but nonetheless, it was an excellent start to my birthday dinner. We chose the smaller of the two tasting menus on offer as well as a bottle of a Sancerre rather than the wine pairing. Each dish, from the three amuse bouche to pre-dessert and dessert was truly wonderful. The gnocchi was incredible in its lightness, unique texture, and superb flavor but I must point out that it was the brightest among many stars. We have been to quite many Michelin-starred restaurants and the food here was amongst the best that we have had, with each dish being quite exceptional. All in all, distinctly better than a three-star restaurant in which we ate a couple of months ago. Insofar as the service was concerned, the performance was, as mentioned earlier mixed. We were seated by the Maitre d'hotel who was never to return, although we did notice him fawning over a couple of other parties. The dark-haired young woman and wavy-haired tall young man who were our principal servers were wonderful and we could not have been more pleased. Others were sometimes condescending or inattentive which was distressing. I am afraid that I may have distressed a couple of the staff by pointing out elements of their service that were below par. Since we live in Cognac, we will definitely return and we are also eager to try the other restaurant, which is more casual. So, all in all, our experience was excellent. If you are in Cognac and are seeking a meal of the highest quality, I would suggest that Les Foudres has the best kitchen in town.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 10 January 2022 via mobile

Pour notre seconde soirée aux Foudres, nous avons été comblés : accueil charmant, service professionnel, personnel particulièrement attentionné et cuisine tout simplement magique, imaginative et d’une haute qualité ! Une soirée comme on voudrait en vivre plus souvent ! Les Foudres restent sans aucun doute...l’étoilé incontournable de Charente / For our second evening at Les Foudres since its opening, we have been more than satisfied : friendly while kind welcoming, highly dedicated management and staff and a wonderful cuisine combining imagination, d’abouts and top quality products and serving. An evening we would like to experience more often when dining out ! Les Foudres remain without any doubt the rewarded restaurant to dine out in Cognac !More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2022
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Cher Client, Nous sommes très heureux d’accueillir ce chaleureux commentaire sur notre restaurant gastronomique étoilé, Les Foudres, un commentaire qui...More

Reviewed 12 April 2021

Thanks for the hotel to come back to us right when we prepare our next vacations. My wife and I would like on this occasion to thank the team of Les Foudres for the outstanding evening we had this summer. They said they earned a...MICHELIN STAR AND IT IS WELL DESERVED ! Congrats the team, can't wait to come back in this very special restaurant in Cognac. N°1 for usMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2021

Dear Nicozim4, What a delight to read such a thoughtful review, regarding your last experience in our fine dining restaurant Les Foudres! We were more than thrilled to hear you enjoyed the quality of service of our adorable and professional team, that made your evening...More

Reviewed 18 October 2020

+ Beautiful space, lovely tables and a discreet and upmarket atmosphere. Very professional staff, but see below. Very good food, excellently presented with one or two memorable dishes. Good for a special occasion. - The wine list mark up is absurd for some wines, and...the pairing costs food/wine likewise. We also had a waiter who, when we told him we would eat a la carte, told us what HE would order in that case. Sorry - I'm not interested in his preferences.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2021

Dear Piglette777, Thank you for taking the time to share your comment on Tripadvisor, following your last experience with us. We were happy to read you enjoyed the decor and the atmosphere of our fine dining restaurant, as well as the professionalism of our team....More

Reviewed 15 August 2020

We have had a beautiful time here. Thank you so much for a fantastic dinner and all the best service of a young and daring team, under leadership of Boubakar, a gem that will soon blossom into a michellin star restaurant....More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2021

Dear Guest, We thank you very much for taking the time to write this beautiful comment about our starred restaurant "Les Foudres"and are delighted to read that you had a wonderful time ! Our Chef Marc-Antoine Lepage and his entire team thank you for your...More

Reviewed 9 August 2019

I truly appreciate my good fortune in being able to dine at amazing restaurants across the globe, each new encounter I try to greet with openness and generosity. That being said, we all make preconceptions, it's only human. I was taken to La Foudres by...dear friends who certainly appreciate good food and wine so I was hopeful, but I wasn't expecting anything special. La Foudres certainly is special and it is a lovely surprise on many levels. I love the fact that you have to walk quite awhile before you find yourself in the charming restaurant, it's worth the journey and once seated, the space feels private and allows you to focus on your company and the blissful food. Being a vegan I didn't know what to expect, again my expectations were surpassed with a bravura display of culinary skill and flare. Each course was original, satisfying and beautiful. My lasting impression was that Les Foudres feels of its place and time, an experience, which could not be, replicated anywhere else, and for that, I am truly appreciative.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2021

Dear Sir, We thank you for your kind words following your visit at our restaurant Les Foudres! We were very happy to welcome you among us, and delighted that you were pleased by the beauty of the establishment whose modern and historical architecture makes it...More

Reviewed 15 May 2019

We were coming for a short and quick bite which was not possible... only due to the fact that the service and food invite you for a long and amazing experience. Everything has been spot on - food, service, special attentions, knife service, drinks. The...only regret might be a too small dessert. Please continue to take care of our eyes and palates.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2021

Dear Client, Thank you for your sharing your kind words following your recent visit at our gastronomic restaurant Les Foudres ! The team with who we shared your feedback, was very touched to know that you were satisfied with the quality of their service, and...More

Reviewed 24 February 2019

We went for Sunday lunch with a couple of friends. Arrived to find no staff and poor signage. The restaurant has excellent ambience , albeit with no view from the one window. Apart from a glass of water , nothing for about an hour. We...had 3 courses , two glasses and a bottle of wine - for E370. Most of the food was good without being exceptional . My wife's fish was uncooked in the middle of the fattest part - the waiter was indifferent when notified. The sole , which I wanted from the quite short menu, was not available. Servings were of nicely modest size and there were lots of extra complimentary mini dishes , generally presented in over-elaborate fashion. The staff were willing and helpful but seemingly lacking supervision of attendance to those details which you expect from a superior establishment. I had hoped to find a restaurant suitable for a special occasion but no luck ! It maybe that with time the snagging problems of a new set-up will be resolved . I hope so because it looks as though a huge amount of money has gone into it. Points of detail which need attention include: Hand out menus and put bread on the table quickly. Fix the drainage smell in the ladies loo. Have staff at the front door. Have a maitre d' watching everything everywhere. Refill water glasses or leave water on the table. Have some reasonably priced dessert winesMore

Date of visit: February 2019
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Hôtel Chais Monnet & Spa, Directeur général at Les Foudres, responded to this reviewResponded 26 November 2021

Dear Sir, First of all, I would like to thank you for valuable feedback, which is very important to me and to my entire team of "Les Foudres". It is important for us to have feedback from our guests, since our main goal is to...More

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