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Beaune: Le Gourmandin

8 Place Carnot 21200 , Phone: 03 80 24 07 88

Reviewed by: AndrewG from USA, review #4023

When: 2012

Serendipity led us into this small, very cozy, very friendly, and crowded place. Little did we know we would end up very pleased with our choice.

Serendipity and a rain storm led us into this small, very cozy, very friendly, and crowded place essentially in the center of town. Little did we know that we would end up very pleased with our choice, so much so that we ate here two more times. The menu was intriguing, especially when I translated one dish to “stuffed cabbage,” a longtime, home-made favorite of mine, prepared often, long ago and lovingly during my childhood by my Grandmother and Mother. However, this was not the Eastern European beef stuffed in sweet and sour cabbage of my memory. No! With eyes gazing heaven-ward, I then and there apologized to my dear departed Mom and Grandma and declared this the most amazing stuffed cabbage ever. It was made with finely minced chicken infused with an amazing blend of seasonings unknown, plus black truffles, wrapped in cabbage leaves flecked with even more truffles, which were sliced and distributed generously. In all seriousness, this was one of my three best bites of 2012 (the other two, in case you are interested, were a green chile, roasted leg of lamb burrito at Atrisco Café in Santa Fe, and a sugar- dusted, truffle and foie gras filled bao at Xinrongji in Shanghai). Other dishes we enjoyed during our first visit were salmon with potatoes, grilled Barbeau (a freshwater fish, somewhat similar to a carp, I think), and some terrific local mushrooms, along with an ’08 Pavelot Savigny Dominode. On subsequent visits, a chicken was delicious but a tad over-cooked, and a quail dish was very good, and more stuffed cabbage was enjoyed (so many dishes of it were ordered that the owner felt compelled to visit with us). Not only would we return, we did return.

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