I am an avid consumer of reviews – especially when it comes to hotels and restaurants – and even though I always say I’m going to follow up and write one myself one day, I never have. That is, until I stayed at L’Auberge Provencale.
My wife and I were guests for our 10th wedding anniversary and the experience completely surpassed our expectations – from the staff and accommodation to the meal.
Yes, we loved the soft, silken sheets and Turkish towels. But the thing that completely blew us away was the meal prepared by the executive chef: Jospeh Watters, a David Copperfield of food. (We also took his cooking class the next day and highly recommend it.)
We opted to leave the dinner menu in his hands and the resulting 15-course tasting menu was nothing short of mind-blowing. To wit: the Portobello Percolation was created table side (the consommé percolated through herbs, infusing as we watched), as was the PB&C (mousse poached in liquid nitrogen to create a dessert as delicate and light as a meringue) and the mystical basket of petit fours (warm rose water poured onto a bed of moss, berries, fronds, and pine -- atop dry ice -- created a rose-scented mist and the illusion of a scene from Lord of the Rings).
Chef Joseph is inspired by Chef David Humm at Eleven Madison Park in NYC (currently ranked No. 5 in the world) and has ambitious plans to transform the kitchen and menu (he has only been there a few months). When he says he aspires to be the French Laundry of the East Coast, I have no doubt that that is what the restaurant will become under his direction. It’s just a matter of time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Discover a romantic Shenandoah bed and breakfast in beautiful White Post, VA. Our bed & breakfast, a Select Registry Property, in Virginia features luxurious rooms and suite with comfy beds, fluffy robes, flat screens and fireplaces. Don't miss out on a once in a lifetime dining experience at one of the best French restaurants in America. Executive Chef Joseph Watters at our Northern Virginia B&B creates culinary works of art utilizing the freshest local ingredients for an unforgettable romantic Virginia getaway. Enjoy too our Second Tier Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar with over 1,000 selections. Utilize our concierge service to tour the local vineyards, arboretums, art galleries and civil war museums in the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- l`Auberge Provencale Hotel Boyce
- l`Auberge Provencale b&b