We enjoy going to Le Mans now and again, firstly as there is the biggest hypermarket there called Auchan and two of my favourite eating places are conveniently situated nearby. These are Buffalo grill, I know shocking pun but they do burgers and steaks which are fabulous.
Our other favourite is the chinese restaurant The chinese garden, jardin de chine. They do a lunchtime buffet which is exemplary. On top of that the French government as one of their responses to the creoit crunch, have reduced VAT for restaurants and the buffet here is now less than 10 Euros. We were treated to the meal out by our friends Matt and Ann who have a lovely holiday home near to us. We arrived at more or less mid-day and this being a tuesday it was fairly quiet, later in the week I recommend you arrive at this time because it is very popular.
The staff are very friendly and the service is quick without being overly fussy. We were shown to our seats and a plate of prawn crackers was put in front of us and very good they were too.
We ordered a bottle of muscadet and a bottle of Peligrino water and set off for the buffet.
The buffet is effectively laid out in two, a starter area, and a main course and dessert area. The choice is immense, in the starter area there are hams, hard boiled eggs, prawns, crab sticks, lettuce, cucumber, potato salad, sushi, spring rolls, an amazing assortment of chinese leaves and vegetables. I went for the eggs and ham with mayonnaise, lettuce, then saw the prawns and crab sticks and sushi, so had to go back for more.
The main courses are all hot and there is a huge selection and do not forget this is an all you can eat place. There was cantonese rice, egg noodles, duck and pineapple, pork caramel, gosh that was good, chicken dishes, squid, prawns in every conceivable way, beef with oyster mushrooms, pork pancakes, chicken pancakes, stuffed baby cabbages, the list just goes on. As you can imagine we had to make a number of visits and new things were being added all the time and everything was fresh and refilled long before the heated containers were empty. Here is a selection of photos to whet your appetite.
After stuffing our faces, we went back for dessert. Again buffet style, help yourself to chinese fruits, one was lychees, the scented floral juicy flavour gave it away, there was a red round fruit with a stone in the middle and a few others I could not identify but boy were they delicious, then there was apple fritters and banana fritters and a help yourself to ice cream freezer with coffee, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream to choose from, or have some of everything.
We rounded the feast off with coffee and as I did not pay I cannot say with certainty how much it came to but I reckon it would have come to well under 60 euros for the four of us.
Amazing value for money and a lovely way of spending a couple of hours.