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“Awful Creme Brulee” 2 of 5 stars
Review of L'Alambic

L'Alambic
Rue Gen de Gaulle, 21700 Nuits-Saint-Georges, France
0380613500
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Awful Creme Brulee”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The wine list was excellent and the savoury food selection and quality was good. However, the service was somewhat unfriendly and we had two Creme Brulees that were overcooked and tasked like fudge. The dining room was rather too warm. The bottled water was very expensive.

Visited August 2013
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
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“Limited menu”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

The overall appearance of this celler restaurant was very nice but it lacked atmosphere. The menus were very limited with mainly meat oriented regional dishes. The price of aperitif drinks were on the high side and the cost of wine seemed high

Visited September 2013
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“Good food, poor service.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We were staying in the associated hotel, the Hostelerie Saint-Vincent (see my separate review), so decided to eat in the restaurant.

As it was a warm evening (August), we eat outside, in a very pleasant courtyard.

There seemed to be plenty of staff working in the restaurant, but for some reason their job demarcation (how very French!) meant that service was interminably slow, despite the fact that there weren't really a huge number of clients. The service was so slow, in fact, that one couple got up and left.

When the food eventually did arrive it was, in fact, very good. The snails starter that my daughter and I both had was presented in a kind of puff pastry pie and was truly the best snails dish that we had ever had.

The rest of the food (I had the Beef Bourgone) was also very good, although the choice was rather limited.

The wine list did go up very high in price, but wine by the glass was very good and much more reasonable.

If you are not in much of a hurry, this restaurant may be worth a try, but be prepared for a long wait!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Good escargot and wine selection”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

This restaurant was quite good and rather convenient to where we were staying which was key. We were eating late, and they did not hurry us out the door even though we were the last people in the restaurant. The service was quite good and the food was so plentiful that I think we rolled out the door. The chef came out to speak to us. While it was not the best restaurant we ate at in France it was good enough to warrant a 4. Would eat there again.

Visited June 2013
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Cambridge UK
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“Rather good restaurant, in the heart of Burgundy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

I have been about five or six times in recent years, ordinarily on my annual car drive to the South of France, but once when I competed in the NSG half marathon. So what we have here is a lovely restaurant, in a faux historique cellar which is tastefully done, and a pleasure to admire while enjoying the always delicious amuse-bouche. Tables are well-spaced. In the summer you can eat outside in a courtyard. The table settings are elegant, the wine glasses sparkle, and the staff are always attentive without being intrusive

Last week we had an entree of jambon persillee which is a Burgundian speciality. You can get this in supermarkets all over France. But here in the heart of Burgundy it was a real treat, prepared by the chef, and beautifully presented. This was followed by a plat of fillet of Sander (fresh water fish, also zander or pike-perch, like cod when cooked), a delightful experience that you can't get outside France. Finally a noce plate of fromage, from a trolley with a lot of choice. Wine: an excellent white burgundy from Santanay

The menu we chose was about €30 for three courses, great value! The wine list is very strong on burgundy, with prices from about €28, plenty of good stuff at €35 - 45, and premium beyond that. The wine is fabulous value for money in that the mark-up is clearly rather less than the same wine would cost you in Paris, London or New York.

Of course there are cheaper options in NSG; I've tried many and never been disappointed. But L'Alambic is great for a memorable evening. Two can dine wonderfully for around €90 - €110 (I include a full bottle of wine, and a litre of water, and coffee).

Still wondering whether to go there? Well. I'll be back next year without a doubt, when I am on my annual buying trip of wine to take back to the UK. Go on - enjoy!

Visited July 2013
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