Beaune is known for its amazing wines and food. Caves Madeleine is a perfect example of why the region has earned its fame. The restaurant was suggested to us by our AirBnB host, Cristina. She described it as “a convivial Burgundian restaurant, much appreciated by locals who appreciate good value, with regional classics…we expected a local place with fine fare, but nothing prepared us for such amazing food.
We arrived without reservations, but were lucky that there was space at their communal table. The restaurant was very fairly priced with a 2 course menu at 28€. The restaurant also serves as a wine shop, so you are surrounded by some gorgeous bottles. Owner/sommelier Lolo (Laurent Brelin) set up a gorgeous Chardonnay flight for us and set us up with some gorgeous olives to stave off our hunger until dinner made it to the table.
Antonio and I split the most beautiful Escargot in a cream sauce. The escargot was perfectly cooked and the cream sauce somehow managed to be light and airy. You could immediately tell that there was an incredible amount of love put into the selection and preparation of the dish.
I had the most beautiful raviolis. They almost reminded me of Turkish Manti. They were tiny little purses in a light and citrusy cream sauce. It almost tasted of Meyer lemon. I knew my dishes were “heavy” but neither my tongue or stomach could tell. These were incredibly sophisticated dishes; comforting and delightful.
Antonio’s lamb shoulder was on a bed of carrots in a light jus. Delicious, hardy, it was a meal in itself and probably Antonio’s favorite meal in Beaune.
We also got to meet some lovely people, Winemaker Vincent Francois Jouard (Chassagne-Montrachet) and his lovely expat friend Barbara. Vincent invited us to his winery as well.
Caves Madelein is located at 8 rue du Faubourg Madeleine, 21200 Beaune (03-80-22-93-30)
Reservations recommended cavesmadelein at hotmail.com