First week of our summer holiday was spent in a rented town-house in Beaune. It was a personal wish and the family played along, even though we all knew that Beaune is not a typical place for family holidays. The focus is for sure on food and wine. There is a playground, there is parks and ducks…..but its not Kapt. Blaubär Club In Hohe Düne.
Lunch in Beaune…
My dream has always been to spend a little bit more time in this wonderful city, than the odd one or two nighter every now and then. And this time we had indeed booked 5 nights and were lucky to enjoy nice weather. We also got to visit Dijon as well as seeing old friends Pernille and Patrick – as well as new friends – our hosts Alain and his wife Marie-Claire. We thank you both for a wonderful stay in your beautiful house.
Our great hosts….
The next day Alain arranged a tasting tour the the beautiful cellars of Louis Jadot, and it was as good and interesting as we could have ever wished for.
Many great drops were tried…
But as I mentioned the other attraction of Bourgogne, beside the fabulous wines is off course the food. And a lunch at one of my old time favourite restaurants was booked for the second day of our stay. First a trip to the traditional Sunday market in Chagny with all its colours, spices, vegetables, truffles, oils, cloths, hats and you name it….
2 gents trying the olives…
Out two cool boys in front of …
The missus took another round at the market, and I ordered a kir on the terrasse. It came with the usual WONDERFUL olives – the best on this planet – escargot flavoured pop-corn as well as the creme of this time mackerel I think.
Emil eating ALL the pop-corn
Seated in the lounge bar this beauty was up just after another round of the same olives etc. served at the terrasse.
An army of small tastings, some prepared gluten free…
Actually each one of them would be worth a report and photo – but I shall give you just one of them
A fresh cheese wonder was the last greeting from the kitchen…Minor flaw, the vegetarian status of the missus was neglicted…a roll of tender roastbeef on the side.
This salty fluffy bread has to be one of the best of its kind in the world. All you even need.
Emil sure loved it.
Frois Gras de canard, in a robe of potato, with bouillon of truffles
My choice of a starter, is one of the signature dishes of Eric Pras. Its wonderful 10p
Langoustines, cold and warm
When ordering this dish, the waiter came back and informed the missus that they could try to present it in another way, because the rice-crisp on the warm Langoustine would contain a tiny amunt of flour. But, he assured that it was close to nothing. Astrid took the chance and actually had no problems afterwards. It was probably the best dish of the day. 10p
Childrens menu comes at 25 eur. including their share of all the amuses as well. The boys had a childrens menu which could also have included fois gras, but they opted for these 3 dishes…
Ham and salad
A piece of Saint Pierre with vegetables
Pancakes with ice
Since I had ordered the wonderful crepe-suzette I had requested some extra pancakes for the boys and that request was met without a fuss.
Back to our menu – the choice of the missus
A large piece of cod
Beautilful simple arrangement, but the size of the Cod, made actually Astrid loose her appetite, even before she started. When ordering the menu all dishes are cut down in size, but we had indeed opted for a la carte this time. But – especially with the missus -sometimes less is more, – she liked it, but it never really rang her bells. 7p
But mine did….Lamb.
You can wake me up for this dish – lamb and Lameloise go hand in hand. Just so tender, the outstanding garlic crumble, the beauty and quality of the vegetables. Bonus point lol. It was better than ever….and prettier. 10p
This dish certainly will stay in my memory for a long time.
Time for sweets and dessert
Some fluffy good looking things for the missus…
Great looking – but the fluffy fellows were a bit boring in taste. 7p
Now they might look a bit boring, but the taste…classic 10p
Its always good to be in Lameloise. And one thing is for sure. I will be back.
It seemed I had a bit more luck with my choices this time than the missus. But that did not ruin our experience. The boys behaved great – with the help of an Ipad, that helped us over the last hour or so. Three hour plus dining is a whole lot to ask from two active fellas.
Emil and I paid Eric Pras a visit in his kitchen and thanked for the wonderful food. The great and elegant Frederic Lamy paid us a few visits during the dining.
The interaction with the young sommelier very nice and even a blinder served. Thanks for the fun.
The waiter I have enjoyed most over all the years, still remain a prominent figure. He is so kind and service-minded. Whenever Astrid would leave the table he would come over and entertain and visa-versa. I asked him how it was to be one of the best waiters in the world…he only laughed…no no no…he said…but he is so good, and as I write this I have forgotten his name. but I shalll give you the picture – if you see him say hi from me. Pascal ?
The best waiter in the world? For sure among them.
My rating for this visit: Food 9p (10), service 5p (5), ambience 5p (5), total score for this visit 19p (20)
I shall leave you with a few shots from the wonderful garden of “our house” and a single last shot from Beaune, my kinda town.
The pool, the water a bit to cold for yours truly…but the boys enjoyed it.
The house with garden and pool
One of my favourite spots in town