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Intimate and Amazing/A Review of Chateaulin in Ashland, OR

kim c | Nov 24, 200412:12 PM

This was the second time we have visited this restaurant and I could not wait to return. We were seated without a reservation and I knew I would be ordering their prix fixe meal, no matter what was being offered that evening.

This offer includes three courses and two glasses of Oregon wines for $32.50 per person. My first course was the Salade Verte aux Croutons Avocat et Orange which is a salad of mixed baby greens with avocado, herbed croutons, red onion and oranges with a cream white balsamic vinaigrette. Very nice.

A glass of Raptor Ridge Pinot Gris was served in a crystal Riedel glass, perfectly chilled. A bread basket is also included wtih dinner, sourdough slices warm and wonderful.

My entree was the Filet Mignon a la Marchand de Vin which is a prime cut of certified "Black Angus" been tenderloin, pan-roasted, and served wtin a Zinfadel demi-glaze, roast cippolini onions and a Yukon gold potato and bleu cheese gratin. The tenderloin basically melted in your mouth and the flavors were delicious. A glass of Oregon Meritage was served with this course, the name slips my mind, but it was also excellent.

The dessert was the Crepe au Caramel, a delicate egg custard wtih caramel sauce. The perfect ending to a wonderful meal.

I checked the prices of the other entrees and the tenderloin itself goes for $32, so this really is a very nicely put together meal. I love the concept of including two glasses of wine with the dinner, which you don't find too often at this price.

The overall experience was a perfect ten. Service is professional and very friendly. The server opened up the wine shop for us to browse around and we purchased a bottle of Broadley Pinot Noir and a Willakenzie Pinot Gris. He is my official PNW sommelier very skilled in his trade. He will recommend wines I have not tried, and I trust his judgement. Excellent choices each time we visit.

Anyone in the Ashland, area, check out this delightful, wonderful French eatery. Bon appetit! ***kim***

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