Another restaurant that was on my dine out menu wish list that I didn’t get to try, Au Petit Chavignol is a little shop on East Hastings. They also have a cheese shop next door with lots of fine cheeses. For lunch, I ordered the chantrelle mushroom mac and cheese. My friends ordered the French Onion soup, pomme frites, and they each got a grilled cheese sandwich.
My mac and cheese was probably the best I’ve had. At $14, you got a chantrelle mushroom mac and cheese topped with an almond-thyme brioche. Very rich flavours. I mostly loved the woody flavours given off by the chantrelle mushrooms. Still not too creamy, but the rich flavours make up for it. The crust was really nice as well. Crisp, but still easy to cut through.
The grilled cheese was packed with applewood cheddar, brie, and havarti, which is a very nice mix of different cheeses with different textures. It was definitely a fat, cheesy sandwich, but maybe a bit too cheesy. The bread crisp and buttery, and wasn’t squished. It was served with a nice little pickle and onion, and some sliced apple.
I loved their fries. They were very crisp and golden brown outside, and airy inside. Seasoned with a bit of salt, and served with a nice mayo. I could have eaten these fries forever.
I’d come back to try out the rest of their menu. Their menu isn’t too big, and they also serve nice meats and cheeses.
Au Petit Chavignol
843 E. Hastings Street