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Michel's Cristiania

303 Walnut Ave. (Sun Valley Rd.) Send to Phone
Traditional French fare served with mountain flair.


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Michel's Cristiania Restaurant Review

: The beauty of Michel's Cristiania is its melding of fine dining and unassuming architecture and ambience. From the street, the building looks like any other A-frame peppering the Sun Valley skyline, and the interior is rustic and provincial. But the space creates comfort, which enhances enjoying the cuisine. Owner Michel Rudigoz and executive chef Laurent Loubot have conceived a menu highlighting mostly familiar meats, all styled with panache. Appetizers range from “carpaccio de boeuf” with truffle oil, lemon and Parmesan to “crêpes de saumon fumé maison,” smoked salmon crêpes with dill crème fraîche and spicy mustard. Surpassing the starters are entrées such as “les burger grille aux truffes,” thick, grilled ground beef with a truffle butter center and sautéed mushrooms; “foie de veau,” tender sautéed calf’s liver with white wine, onions and apple wood-smoked bacon; and a local favorite, “poitrine de poulet aux morilles,” succulent sautéed chicken breast with a morel cream sauce. Dessert riffs off a simple French note with crème brûlée, a caramel apple tart, and baked custard cream. Complementing the dishes is a wine list with more than 300 varieties.

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