March 18th, 2009
Easy Being Cheesy
Build it and they will Comté, Stilton and stay awhile: New resto Au Petit Chavignol has us churning out all kinds of cheesy puns.
And while we know our bad jokes, this place knows its washed rind from its triple cream. From the brains behind Les Amis du Fromage, the wine and cheese bar resides in a 1920s heritage building made modern with a cool concrete bar and chandelier-silhouetted wallpaper.
With the newest of its chain of cheese shops right next door, the wine bar offers a full kitchen that turns out fresh fondues, raclettes, tartiflettes and terrines. We ordered the tiered grand tasting platter ($30) and let the chefs choose charcuterie, cheese and condiments for us, with the intention to return and partake in the cleverly themed tasting flights ($21-$28).
Gouda to the last drop, we’re sure.
Au Petit Chavignol, 845 E. Hastings St., Vancouver, 604-255-4218, www.aupetitchavignol.com