Last February, I wrote about how much I enjoyed my visit to Chantilly and my experience at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume.
I was invited again to Auberge du Jeu de Paume in the end of July to have dinner at Le Table du Connetable, the two star Michelin restaurant, and to stay overnight at the hotel.
Vincent was just back from a three-month stint in New York working on his film After Louie and I thought it would be a nice romantic overnight getaway for the two of us.
We arrived on Friday at about 5PM so we could relax a few hours before dinner and given a lovely Junior suite with a small, quaint salon, where a tasty spread of fruit kebobs and a delectable tea cake along with a bottle of Champagne was laid out on the coffee table. Our roomy bedroom had a high bed with a scenic print backdrop and the sparkling white marble bathroom was the same size as our bedroom in Paris. We opened the glass doors in the bedroom to find a terrace overlooking the grounds of Chantilly castle and a calming fountain. We parked ourselves on some deck chairs and took in the soothing view.
The reason I was invited back to Auberge de Jeu du Paume was to experience the menu at Le Table du Connetable from the new executive chef Clement Leroy, formerly the head chef at Guy Savoy in Paris.
Our reservation was at 7 (tres Americain!), so we were shown to an almost empty restaurant. The spaciously appointed dining room with tables very well spaced apart was especially luxurious with plush dining chairs and sofas, plump orchids on every table, black wrought iron lanterns, chargers with silver rims and Venetian like crystal glasses.
Vincent’s extravagant starter of Heirloom tomato collection 2016 was a piece of sculpture with layers of tomatoes swirling into a circle along with another plate of artfully presented multi-colored stewed tomatoes with a savory sorbet in the middle. Lobster salad Bellini style was a plump oversized piece of lobster with charred lettuce, a refreshing and appropriate summer dish.
Fish in many forms seemed the specialty of the chef and Vincent, a finicky eater, raved about the freshness and piquant flavors of the sauce of the Crunchy red mullet. My poulard came from a celebrated chicken farm, La Cour d’Armoise and was served with a crispy outer skin in a pool of Hyssop juice, a rare fruit along with braised lettuce.
Pastry chef Joachim Bendacha punched up the wow factor with his decadent but also delicate desserts. Chocolate heaven was experienced with ice cream, praline, thick chocolate syrup and hazelnuts. Wedges of apricots soaked in local beer floating along side white mousse cubes topped with sculptural pieces of meringue looked more like an art installation at the Pompidou rather than dessert.
Service was impeccable but sometimes bordered on overstaffing (which is a rarity in restaurants in France) with two or three wait persons tending to us at a time.
After dinner we were invited to have coffee and petit fours on the outdoor terrace in the midst of the crisp country air, a perfect finishing touch to our memorable meal.
We slept soundly on the cushy mattress in our suite and got up early the next morning to explore the chateau.
Vincent had never been to Chantilly and I was eager to show him the chateau. Because I was there in winter, I didn’t partake in visiting the gardens. It was a warm day with mixed sun and clouds and we ambled through the manicured Le Notre garden, the bucolic English Garden and the Anglo-Chinese garden with a hamlet of five small rustic cottages, the model and inspiration for the Petit Trianon at Versailles. We cooled off walking along side the alleyway of trees lining the winding stream.
Even though it was less than 24 hours, our mini getaway was restful and relaxing.
Click here to read my other post about Auberge du Jeu de Paume.
Le Table du Connetable at Hotel Auberge du Jeu de Paume
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