In French, I read a couple of times this expression, what does it mean? “formules à volonté”?

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    The literal translation of à volonté is "at will", here a eat-at-will menu. A more common expression using it in both languages is feu à volonté: "fire at will".
    – jlliagre
    Commented Feb 23, 2018 at 12:36

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It is basically a meal plan where you can reorder as much as you care. It is not exactly the typical "all-you-can-eat" as a "formule" is not necessarily a buffet. In France, some restaurants will offer this for instance with meals such as a "fondue bourguignonne", a "raclette" or mussels.

  • It is exactly "all you can eat". "All you can eat" doesn't have to be a buffet either.
    – qoba
    Commented Feb 24, 2018 at 11:26

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