Restaurant selling huge quantities of mussels. Might look like a tourist trap but continues to attract locals in large numbers.
Moules frites cooked four or five different ways at sensible prices. Service brisk and pretty friendly towards visitors.
Located on a main shopping street opposite Galeries Lafeyette.
34 rue de Bethune Lille
+33 3 20 57 12 46
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Super italian restaurant in the very heart of Lille. Hidden away behind the main shopping street and doesn't look much from outside. Inside though is an atmospheric wood-panelled, friendly (even to English speakers) restaurant. Straight-forward, reasonably priced Italian menu.
Clearly a favourite of locals at both lunch and dinner. Makes a nice change from the tourist-orientated places.
Fantastic Lebanese veggie / vegan menu at Flandres de Liban (website even has English menu) in Wazemmes.
More centrally, Aux Indes, do a great veggie set lunch and dinner - but you have to ask for it.
And don't miss trying a 'palette' of four (small) different beers at Les Trois Brasseurs close to the old Lille Station (Lille Flandres, rather than the Eurostar station).
Aux Indes is at 38, Rue Thiers, Lille
The OUI has trendy décor, but they forgot the essential thing: the quality of the food.
The wine list was large but most of the wines were not available. I had to ask for four different wines to find one, but the price went up from 30 euros to 60 euros. We asked the waitress for a reduction, and she answered that her boss would think about it.
The food was also bad and the dishes arrived one by one so that the six of us ate almost cold food despite the restaurant being far from full.
When the bill arrived we realised we had received no reduction. The bill was 250 euros for six people (40 euros per person for a main dish and a dessert).
Then the manager started insulting us and told us not to behave like poor people! He raised his voice and pushed us towards the door.
So if you want to be insulted and to eat bad food, go to the OUI. If not, be on your way, there are many other good restaurants in Lille.
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