Le Village Buffet at Paris

Le Village is decorated to match the name—as though you’re walking around a French village. The ambiance is nice, but the buffet strangely fails to back it up with very much French food.

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The shrimp cocktail is unpeeled and overcooked; the crab legs are served only pre-halved on ice, and are small but otherwise okay. My prime rib was cooked medium but was great anyway, very tender and flavorful; my only complaint here was the lack of a horseradish sauce. The carving station also offers good sausages. The mashed potatoes were decent, if a little lumpy.

The various other dishes were nothing to write home about. A concoction of pork sausage, bratwurst, and sauerkraut was good, but the glazed duck confit was tough and unremarkable. The macaroni and cheese was ruined by the inclusion of peas, and was too creamy with not enough cheese. There was also a cavatappi with truffle cream sauce (basically, fancy macaroni and cheese) that was much better. The selection is actually pretty limited.

Cold crab legs
Carving station
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The centerpiece here, though, is the made-to-order crêpe station. This is why you come: a chef will make you a crêpe of your liking, savory or sweet, and they are wonderful. Sure, you can get a better one at the dedicated crêperie across from the buffet, but these are nearly as good.

Ham and cheese, tomato and mozzarella, chicken with garlic cream sauce, spinach and mushrooms with cheese and béchamel sauce... bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, whipped cream, apples in brandy and cinnamon. Would you like some bananas foster, bread pudding, or apple cobbler with that? No problem. The possibilities are endless.

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Dessert crepe
Yummy dessert crêpe.
Dessert toppings
Would you like some bananas foster with that?

The crêpe station makes what would be an unremarkable buffet into one you’d actually go to by choice. If what you’re looking for is good prime rib, some great savory crêpes, and a wonderful dessert crêpe, Le Village delivers. If not, feel free to skip it. Weekday dinner is $31 with a Total Rewards card, $32 without.

Shrimp cocktail
Unpeeled shrimp, boo.