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Autun: Le Chalet Bleu

3 Rue Jeannin , Phone: 03 85 86 27 30

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #2056

When: 2006

Somewhat formal restaurant with excellent food at fair prices, and gracious service. A memorable meal at a reasonable cost.

Directions: Near the Hotel de Ville in Autun

Trio of fruit desserts, photo by Amy Gilman

I had read of a very good restaurant in town with low prices for high quality, a two-fork Michelin Bibb Gourmand. Le Chalet Bleu is near the Hotel de Ville, and seems like "the" place to go for a nice lunch in Autun.

Pretty room, exceptionally pleasant waitresses wearing smiles and pastel suits. Several tables of business people, a few French tourists, and two tables of elderly ladies who seem to be regulars. There were several menus, the lowest only 16 euros for three courses. We ate excellent food at a very reasonable cost.

I tried the 16 euro lunch, which was an entree of perfect sliced fruits in champagne (lovely, but would have been lovelier if it hadn't been 13 degrees and raining), followed by delicious rolled rabbit in a dark wine sauce with diced vegetables, then a hot "crumble" of mixed red fruits with raspberry sorbet. Larry had the more expensive menu, which had more choices and courses. He started with a delicate salmon mousse, then went with a pave of beef with mushrooms, then cheese, and finally a beautiful trio of strawberry desserts. Everything was outstanding.

All this, plus a half bottle of wine, for 44 euros. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

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