In the village of Vonnas, a simple 19th-century inn with 30 rooms full of antique country furniture doubles as one of the greatest gastronomic addresses in all of Gaul. Poulet de Bresse, truffles, and lobster are just some of the divine dishes featured on the legendary menu created by three-star chef Monsieur Blanc, whose culinary DNA extends back to innkeepers from the French Revolution. He serves his traditional-yet-nouvelle delights in a vast dining room,
renovated—overly so, some might say—in a stately manner, replete with Louis Treize-style chairs, fireplace, and floral tapestries. Wine connoisseurs will go weak at the knees at the cellar here, overflowing with 130,000 bottles. The guest rooms range from (relatively) simple to luxurious. A block south you can repair to Blanc's cheaper, more casual restaurant, L'Ancienne Auberge, most delightfully set in a 1900s Fabrique de Limonade (soda-water plant) and now festooned with antique bicycles and daguerreotypes.
Nov 4, 2005
May 26, 2003
In the middle of nowhere is the town of Vonnas where the Blanc family has been for the past 130+ years. The square, where the restaurant and hotel are located, reminds me of something from Disney. Very clean and impeccably manicured. This 3-star hotel/restaurant/empire is incredible. Once the reservation is made for dinner(months in advance) it is up to you as to the time. They only have one seating so you can show up anytime in the evening. They
will have your table ready. The frog legs in the amuse bouche were perfect. The menu focused on regional foods including the signature Bresse chickens. This place is a MUST if you are traveling southern Burgundy or Lyon area.