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Jeux les Baud: Ferme-Auberge La Garande

Phone: 03 80 96 74 51
Closing day: Only open Dinner Saturday and Lunch Sunday

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #2054

When: 2006

This is a working farm where the owners serve two hearty meals each weekend. Excellent country food, warm atmosphere. Very popular with local families.

Directions: From Epoisses, take the D4 north. Past Bard-de-Epoisses, watch for the sign and right turn to Jeux les Baud. Turn right at the sign, follow the short road, and turn right again at the end. The farm is a few yards down on the left, and you park on the road.

Apricot Tart, photo by Amy Gilman

La Garande serves a fixed-price meal, with one or two choices for three or four courses. You sit in a large rustic dining room, surrounded by extended families.

The menu for our Sunday lunch had a country salad; a choice of roast lamb, or chicken with a lemon cream sauce; potato Dauphinois; and choice of dessert or cheese. Or both. The food started coming, and didn't stop for almost three hours. There's a very nice wine list, and we ordered a half bottle of Burgundy. Most people began with a kir (wine with a bit of cassis), and then went on to huge amounts of wine. The salad arrived in a big bowl for us to serve ourselves from. Greens topped with lardons (crisped strips of ham), garlicy croutons, and perfectly poached eggs. The runny yolks mixed with the dressing, and the whole thing was delicious.

After a breather, a platter of roast lamb slices arrived, with a bowl of Dauphinois. Rosy lamb, and the richest, most over the top Dauphinois I've ever had. Real heart attack on a plate, but you'll die happy. If you dared finish your serving, you were offered more. You're kidding, right? Another breather. I felt like I'd been to Grand-mère and Grand-père's house.

Dessert or cheese? I chose dessert, my hsband decided on cheese. We noticed most people ordered dessert, and then somehow, managed to eat cheese. Dessert was a huge slice of apricot tart, and a daunting wedge of Epoisses. A little coffee afterward somewhat revived us.

A three course lunch for two with wine was 56 euro. Well worth it for the food and experience.

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