We love French food very much and the Burgundy region remained a firm favourite of ours when it comes to French dining. Our weekend getaway to Beaune was a tad-bit last-minute so I scrambled to find 2 restaurants that we could visit on the Saturday that we were there.
While doing my research on Burgundy Eye, I short-listed the 1-Michelin star restaurant – Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge which was located in middle of old Dijon and housed in a lovely 16th century building.
The skies were grey as we drove from Geneva towards Dijon and we were ravished, in need of some great food. Thankfully, the place was relatively easy to find and we like what we saw when the menu was presented to us. Like delicate pieces of Petite Fours, the Amuse Bouche was served. I especially loved sugar-coated tomato ball served on a lollipop stick where the juice of the bite-sized tomato literally burst as I bit into its sugar crust.
For about 41 Eur, this meal was really quite a memorable one from the start to the finish. Not too many surprises from Chef William Frachot for he stuck to the basics of French cooking but with a twist. Take for instance, the starter was a mussel hidden under the sweet pepper cream, coriander ice and curried sable biscuit. The salad was nothing too over-the-top, just as parboiled asparagus green with quail eggs and jamon ham. For the main course, it was no surprises to be offered duck for it’s a rather common poultry offered in most French cuisine. We’ve had our fair share of good ducks and bad ducks. But this duck served with brandied cherry sauce is one of the best that we’ve eaten so far. The meat was pink with every bite being soft and chewy.
At this point in time, we were already stuffed BUT there is always room for desert. I’m usually quite picky when it comes to dessert. If it’s really good, then I will bother wasting my calories on it, otherwise, forget it! This dessert that we had hit all the right notes! You guessed it… tangy with a tinge of sweetness.. just the way I like it – Peach tart with framboise sorbet.
This was truly a great meal that we had for lunch and it had set the bar with our fingers crossed for a better experience at another 1-Michelin star restaurant that I had booked for dinner. If you are around the area, then here are a couple of other great Michelin-star restaurants in the Burgundy region that you can check out: