I had the pleasure over the weekend to go to Auberge for the first time with 3 other friends. We arrived and we greeted promptly and had our coats checked.
I love the atmosphere where our table was located, we were seated in the lower dining room very close to the wood burning fireplace. It was just lovely to see during our meal.
Our server was very friendly, lovely British accent and really gave us the feeling that we were welcomed with courtesy. No wine for any of us, but three of us ordered their Sparkling Shirley (ginger ale, some berries and a bit of raspberry juice) and a couple bottles of mineral water.
We started off with an Amuse Bouche of caramelized onions in a pastry shell topped with goat cheese and a raisin. Very nice to whet the appetite, along with a bread basket (whole grain bread, white baguette, and some breadsticks).
I had the Purée of Celeriac & Onion soup with chive chantilly and Parfumé du Truffe which was absolutely heavenly and perfect for a cold winter evening. The flavours were perfect, and the texture was creamy but not too heavy. The Medallions of Venison with braised Savoy cabbage, caramelized chestnuts and cranberry Port wine jus was my main course. Venison was tender and very tasty although I wasn't too fond of the cabbage the dish was cooked just right. Dessert was Gateau aux fruit de la Passion moist passion fruit cake with marinated pineapple and crème fraîche sorbet a moist cake, which was not too sweet, paired with bits of pineapple and pineapple sorbet a lovely end to a wonderful dinner.
Each dish that was brought to the table was described by the server. No detail was missing from the service. With our tea and coffee came one last Amuse Bouch from the chef which was a chocolate macaroon.
I had been told when I made the reservation that we would have a time limit of 1 1/2 hours, but we never felt rushed and we never had the time limit mentioned to us when we arrived or when I called to confirm.
This was definitely a meal to remember. Out of all of the restaurants that I have tried over the years Auberge has made a lasting impression on me and my dining companions as one of the dining experiences ever. A place I will definitely be returning to often.