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May 14, 2012 02:35 PM

Lameloise: Lunch vs Dinner

Is there a difference in the menu and overall experience between lunch and dinner? Thank you.

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  1. The lunch menu is 65 euros for three courses, with an extra 10 euros for matching wines, water and coffee. The food on the lunch menu is merely OK. If I had my time all over again, I would go a la carte, although I note a few of the dishes on the current lunch menu are actually on the carte - this was not the case when I visited (late 2011). Anything with pastry in it is highly recommended.

    The matching wines (very basic village from Rully) are not particularly good. Sadly for a grand Burgundian table, the wine list lacks old and interesting bottles, so not much consolation is to be found there either.

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    1. re: Julian Teoh

      Sounds like an uninspiring experience all around. Would you bother going back?

      1. re: zizouz

        I would, if only because I am reluctant to judge a place based on a single experience of a "cheap" lunch menu. Sadly, we didn't have the choice to really go all out as we were somewhat curbed by logistical arrangements on the day. And there were a few positives food-wise, pastry and sweets for example, to suggest they could properly impress given the chance (and sufficient euros).

      2. re: Julian Teoh

        The few times we have been (most recent last Nov) have always been first rate. Granted we seldom order the menu as the a la carte items always seemed to have an "ooh" item not on the menu. As for the wine list, it may not have very old/rare bottles (& I confess I wasn't looking for them) but it does have a huge book (20 pages minimum) of a variety of offerings from reasonable vintages (they aren't only going to have the most recent vintages).

        Sorry I can't give a view on lunch vs dinner. We've only been at lunch. It's a lovely place to while away the afternoon.

        1. re: Julian Teoh

          We had a full degustation (around 7 courses for 150 euros) at lunch a two years ago and the food was superb. The wine list is decent but certainly without the vintage depth that the likes of somewhere like Troisgros has.

          1. re: jeremyholmes

            Hi Jeremy,

            I agree, it is by no means a bad list, and if I was presented a list of that calibre in Singapore or Sydney, I would be thrilled. But in the context of Lameloise being one of the greatest names in arguably the world's greatest wine region, we had our expectations up, and justifiably so, I think. Personally I found the list at Ma Cuisine to be of much more interest, if a little more esoteric.

        2. Lameloise is superb. I have only been for lunch (although have supper booked in a couple of weeks). The lunch menu is good value, but only if you want what it has on it!

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          1. re: davew666

            Is the cheese cart available during lunch?

            1. re: DaisyM

              I think so, although as I rarely eat cheese in restaurants I couldn't swear on it.

              1. re: DaisyM

                Absolutely! The cart itself is an interesting little art deco number.

            2. Granted, this was many years ago, but our lunch here was the worst meal we ate in France during our 6-month stay: gnarly pieces of inedible lamb, rabbit shot through with knife-sharp bone shards, and the most unpleasant, pretentious service ever. I would never recommend this place to anyone. You'd be better off with a decent baguette and a hunk of good cheese.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                The restaurant changed hands a few years ago, I can only imagine it was after you went.

                The service is one of the reasons I love it so much - by far the least 3* of any 3* I've been to (in France at any rate). The first time I went it was because it was the only place we could find that would let us in wearing shorts; something Troisgros is certainly not happy with.

                1. re: davew666

                  Thanks for all of the responses.

              2. I haven't been to Lameloise in years - the last time was just before they lost the third star and I could certainly see why, as we vowed to never return to that poor excuse for a fine dining. But now with the new chef and a 3rd * back I imagine eating there is again a great experience it once was... Given a choice, I would absolutely have dinner. Lunch there was always several steps behind dinner in quality, thought given to menu choices, atmosphere, etc. Dinner, however, was a lovely affair not only in terms of food, but also ambiance and service. Speaking of the service, I have never been to a restaurant of that class, where it was easier to scratch waiters' starchy demeanor to find warm, helpful and funny guys behind the professional stiffness. Oh, and I hope changing of the guard at the kitchen didn’t diminish the quality of desserts and endless little plates of sweet tiny morsels in addition to your dessert. They were a serious factor in why we had to give up trying to economize and started booking the room right there in the hotel ;)

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                1. re: Bigos

                  There was a spirited, not to say acrimonious, debate on eGullet about Lameloise about three years ago. Is the sense that whatever issues the restaurant had then have been resolved? And what about Loiseau?

                  1. re: zizouz

                    i couldn't say, I only went for the first time about 2 years ago (or maybe 3?)

                    1. re: zizouz

                      I thinks I was part of the debate, and on the negative side. It is good to hear it is improved, but on our visit 5+ years ago the food was just OK but the service was frosty. It will be good to hear more recent reports to see how it has evolved as that part of the region is great to stay in. We stayed at the Hotel Monrachet (in the village of the samename) near by and had a very decent lunch on their terrace, I hear reports their restaurant is now really good. Anyone been recently?

                      1. re: PhilD

                        Haven't dined at Le Montrachet Phil but they did pick up a star and a few of the locals recommended the place to us when we were in Burgundy last month.

                        1. re: jeremyholmes

                          Jeremy - It is good to hear - I still remember enjoying a very good cheese cart with some of the local Chardy, so good we needed another half.

                          Da Tulip - I agree on the pink - but the terrace is a good place to escape it.

                        2. re: PhilD

                          It is good & quiet. Good food and service. We went at lunch last year. Wines by the glass and half bottles with a decent selection. My only negative comment is that the decor is a bit too pink.

                          As for Loiseau in Beaune, I'm not a fan. I always try something at least twice, but it was mostly a miss both times. They tout a huge selection by the glass, but we've not seen it either time. Food is ok, but not star quality in my mind. I leave underwhelmed. I feel that there are many better choices around.