Authentic Classic French Cuisine

By Carol & Joe Davis
Dining Detectives

We love French Cuisine and were thrilled to hear about Chevalier which is in Lafayette and has been open for almost two years. As we entered, we were greeted by Executive Chef-Owner Philippe Chevalier who was born in Vendee, France. He has been a chef in Europe and around the globe and accumulated many awards for his cuisine which uses ingredients that are predominately locally sourced, organic and sustainable. We felt very comfortable as the décor is stylish and every table overlooks their lovely outdoor dining patio which has beautiful roses.

We ordered Perrier Sparkling Water, enjoyed the live French music and perused the menu. Our first course was the most outstanding Soup a L'Oignon Gratinee Onion Soup with gruyere cheese and baguette croutons that we had ever tasted! The appetizers were both delicious. The Escargots de Bourgogne were Burgundy Snails in shell with butter, parsley and garlic that were excellent and the Duo de Foie Gras Chaud et Froid which was Rougie pan seared Foie Gras served with brioche croutons, spinach and brandied wine sauce and foie gras tourchon served with brioche toast and caramelized pears was spectacular. We enjoyed the 2007 Raymond Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc which paired perfectly

We loved our Entrees! The Rack of Lamb and the Beef Rossini Filet topped with foie gras both came with bacon wrapped green beans and fabulous Pommes Dauphines which are light puff potato beignets. A French Burgundy wine paired perfectly.

The desserts were delicious. We enjoyed the Grand Marnier Soufflé served with Napoleon Sauce. Remember to order it when your Entrée arrives as it takes 25 minutes to prepare. The French classic Il Flotante Floating Island with crème anglaise topped with roasted almonds was also a treat. Port and an espresso was the perfect finish to this excellent dinner.

The secret is out for those who don't already know, Chevalier serves fantastic authentic French Cuisine! This is a fun dining experience as it becomes very lively in the evening. We chatted with people sitting across from us and the energy in the restaurant was very festive. On our next visit, we will try their three course Prix Fixe Menu, which is an excellent value for only $39.00.

Chevalier Restaurant
960 Moraga Road
Lafayette, CA 94549



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