We dined here during an overnight stay in Mâcon on a drive from Provence to the UK in August and I wanted to return to Le Lamartine, which I had visited on a previous trip and been very impressed with. The meal was exceptional.
You need to book or get there early in the evening to enjoy dinner on the terrace. We hadn't booked, so we were offered a table for two in the sun porch, between the terrace and the restaurant inside, and this was a very pleasant space. Our table still had a fine view of the river.
Both of us started with the Soupe de Poisson, with the usual trimmings, which was a delight; in fact, we agreed one of the best either of us had tasted (among many!). My partner then went for Moules Marinières, as she often does, whilst I went for the regional classic, Bouef Bourguignon. The mussels were spot-on, and accompanied by chips which were, apparently, "superb" (for my partner to take an interest in chips, something special needs to be happening!). The stew was delicious - perfectly prepared with a lovely sauce and all the ingredients combined to perfection. Served in the ubiquitous pot and lid and enough to feed 3 people...
The food was more than matched by the wine. We shared a bottle of Pouilly Fuissé (Domaine Gilles Noblet Prestige, 2010, from just down the road), which was superb, if a little pricey, and a fine half bottle of Crozes-Hermitage (E Guigal), from the northern Rhône. We didn't have room for dessert or cheese, so settled for excellent coffees and a regional Marc de Borgougne (a pomace brandy).
Service throughout was professional, courteous and attentive. A very memorable experience.
There are many good restaurants in Mâcon and on its "autre rive", Saint Laurent-sur-Saône. We checked out this sun-kissed opposite side of the river on a pre-dinner stroll, and there are a number of attractive looking bars and restaurants there for those that like their evening sun.
Le Lamartine deserves its top ten ranking. In a two week visit to France it provided the best "classic" French food experience. Excellent.
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