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We have had the pleasure of dining at Le Germinal on five occasions during the last eight years and have made a point of returning for a second night's wonderful dining experience on each visit to Dijon except on a one-night stand. The restaurant is among many in the Place Emile Zola area on Rue Monge. Zola had a liking for frogs. His most admired work is "Le Germinal" hence the restaurant's name. The decor is very 'Froggy'. Also has an under-floor aquarium covered with glass.
Sea food as well as frogs' legs is the speciality. Smoked Salmon to die for. Wonderful Marmite of seafood. Paella with seafood and frogslegs. Yummmmeee!
Not too expensive 75 euro for two.( 2 courses each, 2x flutes of champagne and half a litre of pinot noir). We don't eat dessert but from the reactions of other patrons desserts are top notch as well.
Favorite Dish: A favourite is Marmite.
This describes the cooking pot of cast iron or earthenware in which the food is both cooked and presented. Euros 14 for the seafood marmite (in mid-2006).
In 2012, the Marmite Royale flambee au whisky (delux seafood mix) was €23.
Updated Feb 27, 2013
Address: 44, Rue Monge, Dijon
Phone: 03 80 44 97 16
The ambience is very nice; food is superb.
Favorite Dish: On the 6 days that I spent in Dijon, I went 3 times to this restaurant, which I found to be numer one in the area.
On my first visit, my friend had a wok, which was very good and I had a salmon pasta, which was not the best in the world, but was OK.
On the second visit, he had a pasta bolognese which was not good and I had a great Filet Mignon Rosini. Really good! The thing is that on Tuesdays they have Karaoke, so, unless you are a fan of Karaoke, don't go there on Tuesdays or stay as far away as possible from the singers.
Third visit on a Saturday night - great salad and very good steak. The restaurant was fully booked and they had set some tables on the square across the street under the arch.
Important - when you go there, ask for the menu both in English and in French. It may sound weird, but there are more options on the French menu than on the English version.
Updated Sep 12, 2010
Address: Close to the Sofitel hotel
Phone: 03 80 30 69 43
A guy at the bike rental store recommended this restaurant for traditional Burgundian dishes in Beaune. We were very pleased with its food, its service, and its atmosphere.
The food: for a prix fixe "Menu du Terrroir", 29 Euros/person, we had a four courses menu. For appetizers, my husband had a Terrine de Canard Maison et sa Gelée au Porto, and I had a Feuilleté d'Escargots à la Beaunoise. For entree, we both had Boeuf à la Bourguignonne Tagliatelles au Beurre. After that, the waiter brought out a huge tray of local cheese for us to choose from, any thing, as much as we wanted. Then we had profiterols for desert. Added 2 aperitifs (1 Kir royal, a cassis with champagne, 10 Euros by itself) and 1 bottle of AOC wine, and the total was about less than 100 Euros (US $ 140). It was not cheap, but compared to many fine-dining restaurants of the Bay Area, it was a good deal, given the dishes and the AOC wine we had. The service was extremely professional and tourists friendly. The German couple next to our table didn't speak any french, but the waiter spoke enough english to get their orders, so they had no problems. I would go back to this restaurant any time.
Favorite Dish: EVERY THING WE HAD!
1. Feuilleté d'Escargots à la Beaunoise: it's a puff pastry with escargots (snails) in a creamy whine sauce. The sauce was to die for.
2. Terrine de Canard Maison et sa Gelée au Porto; it's a duck terrine with port.
3. Boeuf à la Bourguignonne Tagliatelles au Beurre: the best boeuf bourguignon we ever had. Of course, it was made with red wine, but it didn't taste like drinking wine.
I would go back to try other dishes on their menu:
Cuisse de Canard rôtie aux Pleurotes 17,00
Quasi de Veau au Jus Petits Légumes 21,00
Entrecôte Poèlée Marchand de Vin 24,00
Ris de Veau Sautés aux Cèpes 25,00
Carré d'Agneau poêlé Réduction Madére et Truffe 23,00
Tournedos Poêlé aux Morilles 31,00
Tournedos Grillé Maître d'Hôtel 25,00
Braisé de Joues de Porc Sauce Soja 16,00
Feuilleté aux Morilles 26,00
Oeufs Pochés en Meurette 14,00
Updated Jun 28, 2009
Address: 4, Place Madeleine - 21200 BEAUNE
Phone: 03 80 22 23 53
Specialized in grilled meat/seafood on skewers ("brochettes"). I used to only like the Pekin style roast duck, but the duck skewer here surpassed any duck dishes I had. The restaurant has a outdoor seating and an indoor with original decor. Place Emile Zola itself is a wonderful hangout places with restaurants all around. The service is slow and you need to be pro-active to get it. We waited in line to get a table for 15 minutes before we found out people were just hanging out around the outdoor sitting place. We walked up and asked the waitress for a table and voila, she sat us right the way! I had to ask for salt several times. A couple of french tourists next to us were so upset because they were waiting half an hour at the table without having anyone coming for service. But the food was great, the atmosphere was wonderful, and hey, we were on vacation and had all the time to enjoy watching people, so it was no big deal. I would come back to Dijon just for their "brochettes de canard"!
Favorite Dish: "brochettes de canard": grilled duck on skewers. The meat was marinated in spices (not sure what spices), grilled to perfection, not too cooked, not too raw.
Brochettes de gambettas: grilled big prawns marinated with spices.
Updated Jun 28, 2009
Address: Place Emile Zola
After a fun morning of shopping at Dijon's fabulous indoor market, head to this restaurant for lunch serving the freshest of ingredients. We didn't have lunch reservations, but had no problem getting in. Within 20 minutes the place was completed filled with locals enjoying their mid-day meal. This place had outdoor dining but the day we were there the tables/chairs were not set up. Not sure why, as it was a beautiful day.
Favorite Dish: I had the cream of white asparagus soup; Salmon in a light cream sauce. My friend Louisa ( don't remember what she ordered) and I ordered two different desserts to share: Crème Freshe and a Pot a la Parlaine. House white wine (11€). 21.50€.
Written Sep 19, 2007
Address: 10, rue Bannelier, Dijon
Phone: 03 80 49 94 15
Immediately forgetting our spending limit of 100 Francs per day, we ate at an Italian restaurant close to rue Musette, where this photo was taken. Dijon has a nice collection of quiet streets around here with some great restaurants and cafes.
Favorite Dish: We had Pizza and Garlic Bread a bottle of red wine
Updated Mar 17, 2007
Oh my mouth is watering as I write this tip. This is a small cafe in the pedestrianized area almost behind Eglise Notre Dame. The food was delightful. I had the four part salad both days I was in Dijon. It is served on a beautiful glass plate with a mound of baby greens in the center. Around this is placed four items that you select from the menu. I tried 8 different things in two days and loved every one. The most unusual was a cold radish soup that I have tried to imitate here at home. The staff were very friendly. My reccommendation on Les Gourmandises de Tatine is to eat there. It closes early evening and is primarily a lunch spot.
Favorite Dish: See above
Updated Aug 26, 2006
Address: Behind Eglise Notre Dam
Okay I don't care itf it's a chain. The food was wonderful and cheap. We went back there a few times while in Dijon.
Favorite Dish: The pizzas were all great. And the giant bucket of moules was more than I could have asked for. Plus they had a special: mussels, fries and a large beer or wine for 8 euros! It fed two of us. We ordered a side salad which was actually green lovely lettuce. Sorry I'm suffering from British food syndrome. Anything with flavor and color that doesn't cost more than a tank of petrol I get terribly excited.
Written Dec 5, 2005
Address: 11 ave Mal Foch
Very warm , especially if out there is a bloody cold wind....You can consume your croissant or pain au chocolat standing in front a small table.....
Could be that there is a camera filming the inside of the Bancomat space, in this case says.........CHEESEEEE!!
Favorite Dish: Croissant!
Written Mar 8, 2005
This is France! There is a feast in every region.
Le Chabrot also makes a dark and lovely coq au vin, which is served with a creamy potato gratin and a sweet and spicy carrot mousse. But the real reason to come here is, not surprisingly, the wine.
Favorite Dish: Snail and Pleurotte Mushroom Casserole
Written Feb 7, 2005
Address: 36, rue Monge
Phone: 03 80 30 69 61
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