Au Petit Chavignol: No Cheese Hater’s Allowed

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  1. Some of the best things in life are the result of the maker’s passion and there’s no shortage of passion at Au Petit Chavignol. It’s not surprising, as the same owners started the well known cheese shop, Les Amis Du Fromage, and even the most discerning French palates flock to the three different locations to pick up some exquisite, hard-to-find cheeses. After the success of the cheese shops, the birth of Vancouver’s best charcuterie and cheese based restaurant was born. Yes, that’s a very bold statement considering Vancouver has a number of restaurants that also do a great job in the same department, but we must give credit where it’s due. Located on East Hastings, they took a chance with the location, but it hasn’t deterred people from coming and creating a full house, every night.
    There are a few things that women are generally quite passionate about and cheese, wine and chocolate rank high on the list. Never underestimate the power of tastebuds! Our night started off with the Moitié Moitié fondue which has a blend of Cave Aged Gruyere and Vacherin Friebourgeois, making this the more potent version of their fondues. Cave Aged Gruyere is beautiful on its own, but thrown into a pot of melted deliciousness is glorious.
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    The fondue was served with cornichon, pickled pearl onions and freshly cubed baguette. The corichon and onions really helped cut through the richness of the cheese.
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    Here’s a pro-tip for you: Fondue was a popular holiday treat in a past life and a Frenchman’s family tradition was to throw an egg into the fondue pot, right when you start to panic that there’s nothing left to dip your bread into. Though it’s not on the menu at Au Petit Chavignol, Chef came out and was more than happy to accommodate our request. The end result is silky scrambled eggs that hugs the remaining bread chunks.
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    After the fondue, more cheese was on the menu! However, we did throw in some protein and vegetables to “balance” out our meal. For our vegetable component, we chose the Raddichio salad and it almost mimicked a Caesar salad. It was beautifully dressed with an anchovy dressing and was interspersed with rosemary croutons and topped with Grana Padano cheese. I’d be happy to eat this salad as a meal in itself, it was so delicious!
    We allowed Chef to choose our items for the Grand Tasting Platter and we were not disappointed. My swine eating companions were jazzed with the selection of prosciutto and other piggy treats, while this non-pork eating gal thouroughly enjoyed the Bresaola (grass fed, air dried beef) and the duck rillettes. The duck was fantastic and is a must order! At the end of our meal, we all left feeling like completely satisfied, indulgent piggies.
    Au Petit Chavignol is the perfect spot for an indulgent date or dinner with the gals! And, should you have cheese guilt, head to the Astoria to dance off the curds post dinner, or hit the Seawall for a nice long run prior to your arrival. Your life may not be complete without a visit here.
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