L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume
Thirty kilometers (about twenty miles) from Paris and easily accessed by the TER train is the town of Chantilly. Home to the impressive Château de Chantilly and its lovely gardens, a horse museum and hippodrome, and the eponymous whipped cream that serves as proof of the Divine, Chantilly is a destination for the French and tourists alike. This was our fourth visit since we originally arrived in France and I'm sure we'll return. Our late morning train from Paris left us time for a comfortable walk to L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume, the town's only five-star hotel, which boasts a two-star Michelin rated restaurant, La Table de Connétable, that backs up to the Domaine de Chantilly. Lunch was very good yet pricey, though far less so than dinner, which cost only slightly less than a month's rent on my first apartment. Cheese came from Les Frères Marchand in Nancy, The standout on the cheese plate was the Roquefort, but for all the wrong reasons. It was unpleasantly sour and salty. The Pouligny-Saint-Pierre (goat) was luscious and dense, slightly piquant. The tomme de Napoléon was a beautiful sheep's cheese from the Ariège department, due south of Toulouse near the Pyrenees. As I find with many tommes, you can smell and taste the terroir. In this case, its grassy odor reminded me of white chocolate!
L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume, 4 Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly