Burgundy's cuisine is world-class! There's something to suit every taste: beef from Charolais;
Burgundy snails from Cote-d'Or; chestnuts, mushrooms, game and honey from the woods of the Morvan;
premium-quality poultry from Bresse; and shellfish and fish from the region's numerous rivers.
Many internationally famous dishes are in fact specialities of Burgundy cuisine, e.g. Gougeres (cheese-filled choux pastries); Escargots a la bourguignonne (snails in herb butter); Charcuterie de Morvan (sausage and ham); Jambon persillÚ (cooked ham in parsley jelly); Boeuf bourguignon (beef casserole with marinated beef, bacon, mushrooms, carrots and red wine); Coq au vin (chicken in red wine); Poulet Ó la bressane (chicken in a creamy white-wine sauce); Ecrevisses Ó la nage (crayfish in a white-wine and herb broth); and Lapereau Ó la moutarde (rabbit in mustard sauce).
No fewer than 27 types of cheese are produced in Burgundy: the most famous are Epoisses, Citeaux, St-Florentin, Brillat Savarin and Crottin de Chavignol. For French people, food is much more than mere nutrition ? in France, meals are celebrated. Here, people take the time to savour and enjoy food. Meals are a social occasion. Be it with family, friends or business partners: meals are an opportunity to talk in a convivial atmosphere.
There are numerous highly recommended restaurants within just a few kilometres' radius of La Vierge Romaine: from good bistros serving regional cuisine to international, 3-Michelin-starred, top-end restaurants.
Here are a few examples:
Somewhat further away (about 25 kilometres) but well worth the detour is Le Charlemagne in Pernand Vergelesses. This 1-Michelin-starred
restaurant serves Japanese interpretations of traditional Burgundy cuisine.
The top restaurant in the area is the Maison Lameloise in Chagny (3 Michelin Stars): it has been a true institution of top-end French
cuisine for over 90 years now. The new Grand Chef ╔ric Pras combines tradition and innovation in outstanding fashion.
It must be mentioned that Santenay and Chagny are also home to great bakeries, wine shops and traiteurs, in case you fancy a "picnic" in La Vierge Romaine.