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best restaurants in aix-en-provence and avignon?

david Mar 30, 2002 10:20 AM

going to provence in 1 month and would like to make a few reservations for lunch and/or dinner. we will be staying in aix ,avignon, and les baux (or st. remy).
what are the most memorable/ best of the lot?

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    louisa RE: david Mar 31, 2002 12:30 AM

    the best restaurant in avignon is le restaurant at the hotel la mirande. i have not eaten there myself but good food friends have and they love it. wonderboy chef. i've toured the hotel and it alone is worth a visit. impressive and elegant.

    then there's the restaurant/hotel l'oustau de baumaniere just below les baux. again have not eaten there but overrated and overpriced from other good food friends. the town itself is stunning as it seems to emerge from the cliffs and definitely worth a day but be forewarned that in about a month you may start to run into the tourist hordes.

    sorry to say that aix is my least favourite town in provence and have only passed through to see there is both a gap and reebok store there.

    st. remy is one of my favourites and there we loved the restaurant xa (pronounced zah) owned by a husband and wife team, she cooks while he hosts. very good inventive food influenced by their international travels.

    we also love a little crepe joint called la farandolle owned by a spunky woman everyone calls momo.

    it's just around the corner from hotel les ateliers de l'image - originally the town's music hall now transformed into a hip boutique hotel by the owners who are also photographers complete with darkrooms.

    restaurant xa
    24, blvd. mirabeau
    closed wednesdays
    tel 04 90 92 41 23

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    1. re: louisa
      John Whiting RE: louisa Mar 31, 2002 02:34 AM

      "then there's the restaurant/hotel l'oustau de baumaniere just below les baux. again have not eaten there but overrated and overpriced from other good food friends."

      As of a couple of years ago I much preferred the neighboring Riboto de Taven at half the price and twice the charm.

      1. re: John Whiting
        zuriga RE: John Whiting Mar 31, 2002 07:56 AM

        I second the vote for Ribito de Taven. If you want to drive near Rousillon and Apt, there's a wonderful place for an outdoor lunch (Sundays are usually terrific). It's called Auberge de la Loube.

      2. re: louisa
        chowbabe RE: louisa Mar 31, 2002 08:56 AM

        I second the recommendation of La Mirande. I became engaged there 10 years ago, and revisited it in the fall, and it was just as good--and romantic--as we remembered.

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        Leo in B.R. RE: david Mar 31, 2002 10:19 PM

        Auberge de Cassagne, just outside of Avignon in Le Pontet was wonderful this summer. Had three fantastic dinners there along with top service.

        Link: http://www.avignon-et-provence.com/ho...

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          David Allardice RE: david Apr 2, 2002 09:33 AM

          I'd support the recommendations for La Mirande in Avignon, with excellent food. My only concern is that anyone who speaks English or who has a non-French name seems to be put in the secondary, less attractive dining room.

          Christian Etienne still beats Mirande for setting, and his special menus are worth trying.

          Finally, our friends in Provence have very good things to say about Compagnie des Comptoirs, the Pourcel brothers' new restaurant in Avignon, although my feeling is that with restaurants in Montpelier and Paris they may be spreading themselves somewhat thinly.

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