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What are people's thoughts (Souphie et al) about fabulous restaurants that might justify a day trip from Paris--lunch at Les Crayeres, for example, or dinner at L'Arnsbourg? I would love to know which restaurants within two hours by car or train are most worth visiting for a grand meal. Thanks!

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  1. I'd recommend lunch or dinner at Assiette Champenoise in Reims. Definitely worth a trip.

    Also last December we had a magnificent dinner at Hostellerie des Clos in Chablis.

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    1. re: ChefJune

      Wow- those menus sound fantastic! Thanks so much. Which would you choose between them foodwise, and which is a lovelier setting for lunch?

      1. re: Honoredb

        Regardless of the fact they have only 2 stars, Assiette Champenoise is one of the best restaurants in all of France right now.

        1. re: ChefJune

          Agreed. Just superb. Probably my favorite restaurant in France.

          1. re: rrems

            wow- strong endorsement! so better, you think, than les crayeres? i'm also curious about hostellerie les clos in chablis. and l'arnsbourg (which I'm guessing I can get to fast enough on the TGV). thoughts?

            1. re: Honoredb

              Maybe not "better," but certainly more inventive use of ingredients without being weird.

              Hostellerie des Clos is situated right next to William Fevre's winery in the heart of "downtown" Chablis. Lovely hotel as well as 1-star restaurant. Jean-Paul Vrignaud has had 1 star for many years. Food is delicious, contemporary, very well prepared, and reasonably priced. I still recall a Beggar's Purse filled with scallops and vegetables I was served there 13 years ago -- it was that good.

              Sorry, I have no experience with l'Arnsbourg.

              1. re: Honoredb

                I doubt if l'Arnsbourg is do-able as a day trip. Sure, you get to Strasbourg by TGV in less than 1.5 hours but l'Arnsbourg is another 60 km from Strasbourg. There's a sketchy suburban line that will get you to Niederbronn-les-Bains in 1 to 2 hours and then another 20 minutes by taxi to the restaurant. Alternatively, you could rent a car at the Strasbourg station for an hour's plus drive (not on major highways, btw,) to l'Arnsbourg. Plus you'd have to add on another 30 minutes for car-rental bureaucracy when renting and returning the car. Not really worth it.

                1. re: Honoredb

                  L'Arnsbourg is doable in a day trip of you rent a car from Paris, leave early morning and then drive back in the afternoon.
                  But the best way to enjoy the place is to stay overnight at the Hotel K, just above the restaurant. An enchanting place. In that case you can perfectly ride a TGV, then the Strasbourg-Haguenau train ride is 40 minutes long (and far from sketchy, with frequent trains). Then take a taxi to L'Arnsbourg (20-30 minutes).

                  1. re: Honoredb

                    The major attraction to Hostellerie to me was the selection of Chablis, was there a few years back and the 6 of us had 8 different Chablis, they were awesome.
                    l would recommend L'Arnsbourg only as an overnight. Was very tough in one day back and forth from Paris and not enough time to do anything else on the journey.

                    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                      We were @ Hostellerie last December. the food was MUCH better than when I was there in 08. We were truly blown away.

                      and yes, the list of Chablis is amazing! a big draw for me.

                    2. re: Honoredb

                      There is a patisserie on the opposite corner from Fevre's store in the heart of Chablis that makes the most fantastic gougeriers (sp) in the universe. They are the size of a baseball, loaded with flavor and they melt in your mouth, especially when they are still warm from the oven.

            2. "Souphie" is I'm afraid, busy at work, but why has no one mentioned the Auberge des Saints Peres, in Aulnay sous Bois or La Table de Blot in Dampierre?

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              1. re: John Talbott

                Thanks to everyone for this useful information. And thank you, John, for your input. What can you tell me about the Auberge des Saints Peres and La Table de Blot?

                1. re: John Talbott

                  ;) ...because "no one" has been there! Tell me more, please, John.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    I am not John and don't know anything about St.Peres but the Auberge du Chateau in Dampiere is our favorite overnight stop when we leave CDG on the way to deeper France. There are only a handful of rustic rooms overlooking the beautiful chateau across the street, but the restaurant, Table de Blot is the main draw for us. The husband is the chef and the wife manages the front room. After our 2nd or 3rd year of visiting there they received a star from Michelin which I feel was well deserved. We love to enjoy a sumptuous dinner with good wine then be able to go upstairs to our room rather than negotiate strange roads at night which in the country may not be as well lit as I am.

                    1. re: Laidback

                      Auberge du Chateau sounds delightful, Laidback. Thanks so much for your warm recommendation. http://www.latabledesblot.com/fr.php

                    2. re: ChefJune

                      the Auberge was my best meal in the 2006-now period and Blot the best meal of the prior decade. My descriptions are elsewhere.

                      1. re: John Talbott

                        John, Have you dined at Assiette Champenoise?

                        1. re: ChefJune

                          No, should I?

                          1. re: John Talbott

                            Yes, I think so.