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Restaurant recommendations in Aix en Provence/Avignon

junbug Jun 2, 2009 05:13 PM

I will be in Aix and also Avignon for 5 days in July. Would love some recommendations for restaurants in and around those towns.

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    aixfoodie RE: junbug Jun 20, 2009 07:12 AM

    My wife and I have been living in Aix for about 9 months, and we really like La Chimère. Also, la Cave d'Yves has excellent wines by the glass and small plates to accompany them.

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      whatsfordinner RE: junbug Jun 20, 2009 09:07 AM

      I loved my visit to Aix last year! We stayed at a wonderful bed and breakfast - La Torse, which is just a short walk outside of town. My husband and I really enjoyed our dinner at Les Agapes, a small, charming and very reasonably-priced family-owned restaurant on a little side street. I loved the stuffed mussles and grilled duck with cepes. We also had a good meal at Chez Feraud.

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        TO78 RE: junbug Jun 23, 2009 12:44 AM

        We ate at L'epicerie last night. They have a great terrace. The food was uncomplicated and delicious and we were very impressed with the value.

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          barksducks RE: junbug Jun 25, 2009 03:36 AM

          In Avignon the best place to go is Le Cilantro. They just got their first Michelin star and it hasn't gone to their head yet.

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            martenssons RE: barksducks Apr 23, 2010 10:22 AM

            Le Cilantro is in Arles...starts with an A as well and is close...but not touching Avignon.
            It helps if reports are accurate.

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              PhilD RE: martenssons Apr 23, 2010 01:09 PM

              It has also had a star for quite a few years.....

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                martenssons RE: PhilD Apr 25, 2010 06:06 AM

                perhaps. but their star is over Arles.

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                  PhilD RE: martenssons Apr 25, 2010 02:23 PM

                  I wasn't the one that thought it was in Avignon. It has a star in my guides going back to '08, and as it wasn't a "N" then it must have had one in '07 or '06 as it isn't in the '05 guide.

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            cyssf RE: junbug Apr 26, 2010 03:35 PM

            We had a memorable lunch at Christan Etienne in Avignon. One star, very expensive, but what a meal! After all the amuse bouches probably 7-8 courses, each gem like, on the tasting menu. This was my partner's first Michelin one star 3 hour dining experience which left him wondering what on earth three stars would be like. One of my top four meals and I have eaten at Jamin, Lasserre, and many top restaurants in SF and NY. Plus the service is so attentive yet unobtrusive. As others have mentioned, the cunning little wrought iron stand for my purse was a distinctive touch which my lowly traveling nylon bag did not deserve!

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