Tuesday, September 14, 2010

An Awesome One-Star Dinner

Did I mention we are foodies?  Oh yes indeedy.

Craig in particular likes to collect Michelin-starred restaurants, so after doing our research on the several Michelin-rated restaurants in the area, we settled on the restaurant in the Hostellerie de Levernois, a Relais & Chateau property outside Beaune.

The one-star restaurant was part of a hotel that had lovely grounds and a beautiful interior.  We were invited, in that typical French/Swiss style to sit in the lounge, have a drink, peruse the menu and place our order.  Once we placed our order for the "Menu Surprise" (the chef's tasting menu) we were led into the dining room to our table.  The room was nicely decorated, mostly in cream (walls, linens) with pale wood (chairs, floor) and red accents (lampshades, art, curtains, candles).  It was full, with (mostly) well-dressed clientele, mostly French but with the odd English or American thrown in.

I won't bore you with the details but holy cow the food was good!  The highlights:
  • A green risotto with frog's legs and snails (to die for!)
  • Roasted veal stuffed with mushrooms and sweetbreads
  • Rum souffle with a rum sorbet
The lobster (one of the seafood courses) was nice enough but frankly nothing beats eating lobster in the rough in Maine, no matter how many stars a restaurant has, and we were just in Maine a month or so ago.

And the wines - Puligny-Montrachet for the seafood courses, a local red (we've forgotten the label) for the meat course, and Gevrey-Chambertin for the cheese course.

An excellent example of why some call this part of France the gastronomic capital of the world!

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