In a small town like Dijon, who would expect many Michelin restaurants? But for those awarded the coveted stars, it’s most likely to be a 1 or 2 star establishment. Very often, you’d find dining at these restaurants a great value for money. To top it off, their wine menu often comes with attractive deals.
One such restaurant is Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge. Headed by chef William Frachot, he started his career and nailed his first Michelin star in this very town.
Tucked inconspicuously behind the Dijon Cathedral, its unobtrusive exterior is quite a contrast to its sophisticated and modern interior.
A three course lunch menu at Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge sets you back 39 Euros. While for 115 Euros, you can sit back for a ten course tasting menu. The chef’s preference for Japanese ingredients such as shimeji mushrooms, seaweed and squid sashimi gives me the impression the restaurant’s targeting the Japanese clientele.
The duck was perfectly cooked, and the moderately sweet strawberry dessert was enjoyable as well. By no means it’s a “wow” dining experience, but food quality and service were decent and well rendered. Overall, it’s a good deal.
Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge
Tel: +33 3 80 50 88 88
Address: 5 rue Michelet, BP 52408, 21024 Dijon, France
Visited on: 12 August, 2012
Price: Lunch Menu €39, Tasting Menu €115