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Aug 18, 2009 05:57 AM

Provence Blowout Dinner, Need Help!

I am looking for a place to do a blowout wonderful dinner in Provence. I am staying in Cassis for a night and Aix for 2 nights. I am deciding between Gordes and Les Baux for a 4th night. I have a lunch reservation at Villa Madie in Cassis, but need a place for dinner. Is Le Clos de la Violette worth it? Please help!!!

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  1. Over closer to Gordes is Maison Bru (aka Bistro d'Egyalieres) 2* and fabulous. Have not been to the new location, but other posters have and I hope will chime in. This is -- at the moment, anyway -- the top table in Provence, I believe.

    Otoh, there's nothing shabby about Ousteau de Baumaniere (still probably the most romantic setting in Provence) and their "little sister," Cabro d'Or.

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    1. re: ChefJune

      We went to the new location of Chez Bru the week after it opened. Unbelievable food, we had the menu surprise du chef (approx 120 euros pp). Included tuna, sardine, pigeon, sweetbreads, and other things I'm forgetting. Great service and atmosphere (outdoor patio in summer). My only quibble was with the dessert which was just so-so (but the cheese course was amazing). They also have a pretty nice pool if you stay there. Sightseeing-wise, it's fairly convenient to Les Baux and St. Remy.

      1. re: degustazione

        Thanks for the help. Is wine included in that price? I have emailed that restaurant and they have not emailed me back yet.

        1. re: clashfan

          Maybe the place is closed for August vacation. Re your query to previous poster, the menu price of 120 Euros normally would not cover wine. So 120 = $171.60 per person just for the dinner. Oustau de Baumaniere will run you about 280 Euros ($400) per person with no wine included.
          We discovered an elegant restaurant in Eyragues, just north of St. Remy de Provence - le Pre Gourmand - which is in a beautiful setting of flowers with an elegant terrace dining are (plus inside dining). Chef's special menu was last year about 48-52 Euros ($69-$74) per person without wine and it was exquisite. Fine food, not Michelin 3-star perhaps, but high-caliber and worth a visit.

          1. re: CJT

            I thought OP was looking for a "Blowout Dinner?" Are they now looking for "Blowout on a Budget?"

            Imho both Maison Bru and Oustau are worth the splurge for a special occasion.

            1. re: ChefJune

              We have a reservation at Maison Bru and Le Clos de la Violette in Aix. So we will decided between the two. Do you think it's possible to stay in Gordes and dine at Maison Bru? I was really looking forward to staying there, or is the town where the restaurant is located equally as nice?

              1. re: clashfan

                Depending on traffic, might take you 45 minutes or more to go from Gordes to Eygalieres. Then you have to drive back after dinner. Gordes is a beautiful sight on the side of a large hill and worth a visit. But much closer to Maison Bru are Les Baux de Provence (interesting fortress to be visited) and St Remy de Provence is lovely to visit (especially on market day) and stroll through, plus there are some Roman "antiquities" you can visit on the edge of the town. In that region, the Alpilles mountain range is also nice to drive through.

                1. re: CJT

                  Should I stick with Maison Bru or try and find some place in Gordes and stay there? Do you think I would be missing out on not staying in Gordes and staying in Eygalieres for example?

                  1. re: clashfan

                    To drive from Gordes to Maison Bru will probably take you at least 45 mins, maybe an hour. I agree with previous poster that Les Baux is as impressive as Gordes--both are beautiful. Eygalieres town is ok but not on same level. Note that Maison Bru is a few km outside of Eygalieres.

    2. Restaurant 1* Michelin "Les Bories" is very nice. Very typical from Provence.
      Great choice for La Villa Madie in Cassis. My friend is the sommelier there and I am going in September.

      1. And also you have 2 great restaurants in Les Baux called La Cabro d'Or and L'Oustaou de Baumaniere!!! You must go there if you are in town!!!

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        1. re: wineman13

          I have been trying to make a lunch reservation La Villa Madie in Cassis. They haven't been emailing back. I know of the ones in Les Beaux. Just wasn't sure which restaurant I wanted to go to. Still not sure what would be the best place to go.

          1. re: clashfan

            I was under the impression that Villa Madie closed last year. Has it re-opened?
            It was one of the highlights of our France trip two years ago, but we skipped Cassis in June because we had been told they closed shortly after receiving their Michelin star. I couldn't believe it when I heard, since we found the setting, the cuisine, and the wine selection to be unsurpassed and a much more relaxing vibe than anything further east to St. Tropez, Nice, Monaco, etc.

            If it is open, it is not to be missed.

            1. re: clashfan

              You should try to call them. They speak english