We had lunch here on a Sunday near the end of a walking tour of Auxerre. I chose the place based upon Trip Advisor reviews. Good choice. We were quite hungry and planning for our lunch to be the main meal of our day, so we chose the 4 course prix fixe for 29E and added a 50 cl bottle of a very nice 2008 chardonnay the owner had on special for 20E.
For the starters we both chose salads that rested on very fresh greens. My wife’s had chicken livers seared to perfection and a poached egg along with a lovely light balsamic dressing and a medley of diced veggies that included squash, red pepper and broccoli. My salad was the traditional andouilette salad, also with lots of diced veggies but also with a hearty dice of French Andouille sausage which is not the spicy hot variety found in New Orleans. The dressing on this salad was more on the creamy Lyonnaise style.
For plats my wife opted for fish of the day which was pan seared cod and I went for the traditional “tete de veau.” Both were served with a pan fried potato cake that was absolutely divine. The cod was served in light citrus based sauce with haricots verts, diced red peppers, roasted potato and a side bowl of garnish sauce that was akin to a home made tartar sauce and totally unnecessary on this lovely dish. The veal head was braised in a very traditional manner and served with roasted potato, haricots verts, and roasted carrots. The plats came with a generous bowl of ratatouille which we devoured, it was so wonderful.
The fromage was a presentation of 5 very tasty cow cheeses ordered in clockwise fashion from mildest to most pungent. Also an excellent presentation but curious in the lack of diner’s choice.
The dessert choices were too decadent for my taste but my wife ordered a half baked gateau au chocolat that I call a chocolate soufflé served with vanilla ice cream. I had a bite and even though I’m not a big chocolate fan, I regretted not ordering it. The French really do know soufflés. I stuck with a glace and sorbet assortment that had intense flavors of berries in the two sorbets and a great vanilla flavor in the glace.
The place has a very charming interior with a half timber wall on one side, timbered ceiling and stone wall on the other side. Great place for a romantic dinner I would imagine, warm and cozy with room for only about 30 diners. The owner is very gracious and offers an English version of his menu to folks like me whose French gives them away with about the first sentence. But unlike other places that give an English menu translated by a computer and nearly useless, this menu was translated by a human being who actually knew both languages pretty well. So, yes we did spend upward of $100 for a lunch, but in truth they were dinner portions and judged by that criteria, we definitely got our money’s worth. It is not inexpensive, but the total experience was a real pleasure. If you found this review helpful, please click the helpful link below.
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