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L’Assiette Champenoise by Arnaud Lallement, Tinqueux, France

Set in a quaint timber-framed building, this contemporary hotel and acclaimed fine-dining restaurant is 4 km from Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Reims and 2 km from the Musée des Beaux-Arts. Share

Arnaud Lallement’s food is a real tribute to the region of Champagne. It promises everyday exceptional products and is distinguished by a perfect control of the acidity which offsets the sweetness of the product.

In the menu, we find timeless dishes revisited over the years by the Chef, such as the foie gras of champagne (a grated of foie gras served with a toast of foie gras) or the blue lobster (a recipe in homage to his dad).

The menu, which evolves according to the seasons, also gives a good place to the novelties like the Bretagne sea urchin, the Breton turbot, the Mr. Laluc’s lamb, the Cour d’Armoise fattened chicken or the milk-fed veal sweetbread. There again, the superfluous has no place: titles are voluntarily sober to let the quintessence of the product speak.

Arnaud Lallement always wanted to be a chef. From the earliest age, he would watch his father, Jean-Pierre, at the stoves in the kitchens of the family restaurant in Châlons-sur-Vesle. He it was who handed down to the young Arnaud all his passion and skill and who would guide his career.

At 18, with a Diploma from the Strasbourg Hotel & Catering College in his pocket, Arnaud went off to learn his trade alongside the great names in French cuisine, like Roger Vergé, Chef of the legendary Moulin de Mougins, Michel Guérard, one of the longest-standing 3-star chefs in France, or Alain Chapel and his famous establishment in Mionnay.

In search of the best product, Arnaud doesn’t hesitate to bring Robert Blanc’s green asparaguses from Marseille simply because they are the best. A love for beautiful products which he maintains with producers and craftsmen from all over France, real passionate men and women who feed him every day. Sea urchin, Fennel, compote, Saint-Pierre de petit bateau, navet confit, Noilly Prat; Cour d’Armoise fattened chicken, black truffle, wipes Albufera; sweetbread, grelot onion…

Arnaud Lallement is such a demanding cook that every dish was carefully thought, repeated, so his kitchen teams knows exactly what he wants. Over the years, he focus on the essential, purifies ingredients, finds the winning combination with an incredible hidden technique.

His method concentrates on the essential: the taste. “Mangez vrai!” is his favorite motto. Every flavor is marked, with two major constants on which the Chef doesn’t compromise: work the most beautiful product and respect an adequate acidity to give the desire to repeat the experience.

For this oenology lover, any dish can pair with a champagne: you just have to find the one that suits it. No less than 1000 references of Champagne are on the menu of L’Assiette Champenoise, with a beautiful range of major prestigious champagne houses and some more confidential productions. The wine has also the place of honor with 1,200 references, essentially Bourgogne, Languedoc and Vins de Loire.

Address: 40 Avenue Paul Vaillant-Couturier, 51430 Tinqueux, France

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