Having stayed in the Hotel a couple of times and eaten at Le Clos, on this occasion, one of our regular stopovers in Beaune, we were staying in one of the lesser hotels and planned to have a really good supper in what we knew to be a delightful environment.
We arrived at just after 8.30 and didn't get away 'till well after 11,00!
Yes, dining in the garden was beautiful, but everything else was profoundly disappointing.
We took the a la carte menu, when it finally arrived after over 30 minutes, and chose a light meal.
Everything on the menu however, was over-fancy, and not at all how we remembered it. I suspect the chef has changed since our previous visit about 3 years ago and this time it seemed that the chef's aspirations had exceeded his capabilities. We were given multiple amuse bouches, not only before the meal but also in between courses which failed to make up for the inadequacy of what we had ordered. I started with the 64 degree egg with asparagus and summer truffle, which was watery and lacked character. My St Pierre filet was a reasonable size but over-cooked - I suspect that it had been sitting under warming lamps for quite a while since being cooked - and my wife had langoustine which consisted of 4 microscopic crayfish tails with not much else for over 40€! The desserts consisted of tiny bits of this and that, none of which were particularly flavoursome.
All this took over 2½ hours and when we complained mildly, the maitre d' merely remarked that they were very busy - this at around 10.00 pm when only 5 tables were occupied!
And it was the most expensive meal we had had in 4 weeks travel in France and Italy!
We had to call several times for our wine to be topped-up since the sommelier, although charming, seemed to be occupied elsewhere.
I guess it's back to the Caveau des Arches next trip, even though it doesn't have a garden!
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