France: Jura

Around Arbois

Salins les Bains to Poligny
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Restaurant La Balance Mets et Vins

Address: 47 Rue de Courcelles, 39600 Arbois
Tel: 03 84 37 45 00  Fax: 03 84 66 14 55
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 46:54:21N (46.90580)     Longitude: 5:46:11E (5.76984) 

This restaurant was opened in 1998 by the chef, Thierry Moine, with some help from a handful of forward-looking local vignerons. The wine list features many of my very favourite Jura vignerons. The menu is innovative and modern, with several formules including different wines by the glass with each course showing off how well the local wines can be paired with food. Most unusual for rural France, there is also a vegetarian menu! The modernity of the menu does not exclude an excellent rendition of the Poularde au Vin Jaune (see 'Food Specialities'). Themed evenings with entertainment are also offered (check website for details).

Useful information: Menus: €19.80 (lunch Monday-Friday only)- €56 (without wines). Closed Tuesday evenings (except July and August), plus all day Wednesdays. Closed one week mid-late June and from Christmas to early March.

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