CUISINE : Food & Drink
SAVOIR VIVRE explains their unique dining format
We say we are unique but you might be asking how. It all comes down to the dining, ship, and itinerary choices.
Breakfasts are enjoyed in the traditional French way, lightly and unhurriedly. Normally we'll already be underway as you enjoy a continental breakfast while we glide through calm waters. A fresh coffee or orange juice on the foredeck on a balmy morning is 'up there' in terms of pleasant starts to the day.
For lunch, we operate differently than any other hotel barge. We do not have an on board chef. Instead lunch is provided through the services of private chefs who meet us along our route. Our guests love this high quality, casual and lighter style of lunchtime eating. It perfectly compliments the setting and the quality is without compromise.
SAMPLE LUNCH MENUS
Broccoli and Smoked Salmon Tart
Roasted Loin of Pork stuffed with Caramalised Apples Onions and Dijon Mustard (served cold)
Beetroot, Walnut and Strawberry Salad with a Raspberry Vinegar dressing
Classic Green Salad with everything green (cucumber, olives, capers, green pepper, etc)
Grated Carrot and Coriander Salad
Platter of Local Cheeses
Poached Salmon with an Herb Crust
Cucumber with Crème Fraîche and Roasted Red Onion and Tomato Salad
Frisée with Roquefort Apple and Walnut and a Walnut Dressing
Platter of Local Cheeses
Evening Restaurant Dining:
In the evening, instead of dining on Savoir Vivre, we are able to explore real French dining in real french restaurants. Our carefully selected restaurants offer a quality and variety of immersive dining experiences that are simply not possible when dining on board and eating food prepared by the same chef every evening. We now include the very-ultra-deluxe bistro at the Abbaye de la Bussière.
Dinners ashore will be included in the charter fee. We have a list of restaurants selected as a guide, but due to a variety of circumstances, it could be different for your designated week.
DINNER RESTAURANT GUIDE
L'Auberge Gourmande (Velars-sur-Ouche):
Rural restaurants don't come much better than this quaint 2-room restaurant. Classically trained Chef Christophe shares his talent in his menu and unveils a culinary voyage through Burgundy.
Hotel du Nord - Restaurant De La Porte Guillaume (Dijon):
Located in the heart of Dijon, the rich, comforting flavors of Burgundian cuisine are at the forefront of this bistro's regionally-inspired menu, such as butter-drizzled escargot, duck with mushroom souffle, and, of course, Boeuf Bourguignon.
Le Spuller (Sombernon):
As is typically done in France, this quaint little restaurant is located within the Hotel Le Spuller. Its simple, elegant and tasteful cuisine is paired with spectacular views.
L'Orée du Bois (Châteauneuf-en-Auxois):
Crêpes are a French national treasure. Whether you prefer a sweet or savory version, this simple but classic fare can be filled with just about anything you can imagine. Enjoy your meal overlooking this beautiful medieval village.
Michelin-starred L'Abbaye de la Bussière (La Bussière-sur-Ouche):
We visit their bistro where the food is excellent but without the more formal atmosphere of the restaurant. Fabulous experience.
Le Lassey at Château de Sainte Sabine:
This elegant mansion, built in an old monastery, offers panoramic and picturesque views of the medieval village of Châteauneuf en Auxois. The Michelin-starred, chef-driven cuisine features traditional dishes with a modern twist.
Open Refrigerator and Bar:
Savoir Vivre has a complimentary "open refrigerator" for guests use 24 hours a day and includes snacks, local wine and beer, bottled water, and soft drinks.
On the bar are whiskey, bourbon, vodka and gin. (We do not confirm specific brands, nor do we have the capability to special order.)
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