When planning a holiday, I sometimes forget to leave room to just try something new, without any preconceived expectations based on prior CH reviews, friends' tips, etc. Such was the case with 21 Blvd.
In a very old, but modernized wine cellar, the atmosphere is perfect for an intimate dinner. Because my husband complained that he could not do anymore elaborate dinners and then skip off to bed, we opted to try 21Blvd for lunch and asked our B&B to book us a table at 12:30 for the next day - no problem. When we arrived, the small cellar was already half full with French-speaking diners - couple business men, couple couples. I was a bit anxious that they would only have a French menu, which would have been complicated for me to understand 100%, but fortunately for us they also produced an English menu.
I opted for the 3 course Bourgogne Menu at €25, my husband went for the €40. We splurged on a very tasty bottle of Morey St Denis Premier Cru Chaffots from Domaine Michel Magnien. They have a HUGE wine list of mostly local wines. It would be easy to do lunch for two here for less than €100, including a bottle of wine.
For starters I had the casserole of Burgundy snails with raviolis de Royan in garlic bouillon, which was so delicious that I could have eaten a curule more bowls of it. My husband started with suckling piglet on toast with feld salad. Next I received Boeuf Bourguignon with beef cheeks and fresh tagliatelle. My husband had the rack of Lorere lamb with mini roasted vegetables. My dish wasn't as great as my husand's lamb, but it was okay. Next we had a plate of four or five different cheeses from the region. Then we finished with a walnut tartlet with chantilly creme and candied chestnuts and fresh figs, mulot, gingerbread with ice cream. For me, I enjoyed my escargot starter the best, followed by my husband's lamb. The lamb was cooked perfectly and the roasted veggies were well seasoned and left me wanting more.
According to our waiter, the restaurant opened in Jul2013 and so far the business is doing great. He said their dinners are often booked weeks in advance but lunch was usually less full.
Here is the website for the rest: http://www.21boulevard.com/
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