Le Bistrot des Alpilles: Good food; good service; great location
We joined friends in St. Remy for the famous market day. Fortunately our friends had enough sense to make a reservation for lunch. Somehow we never think of these things. The market takes up most of the Old Town and spreads out into the surrounding streets so at noon, everyone wants to eat. Reservations are a great idea.
We shopped and tasted our way through town and back to the very busy restaurant where our table was waiting. Hooray! Despite all the tasting at the market, we were ready to eat.
Favorite Dish: Ed got fish and chips but the rest of us got the “souris d’agneau” or ‘mouse’ of lamb. I had seen one come out and it looked like a miniature leg of lamb served with gnocchi in a savory mushroom sauce. There was no way to resist so I ordered it and then so did our friends. It tasted every bit as good as it looked. So tender . . . (We returned to St. Remy a week later and that time my husband got the lamb too.)
For dessert, the four of us collectively got dark chocolate mousse, ice cream and a wonderful citron sorbet in limoncello. Fabulous.
We enjoyed the food, the service and especially the company listening to tales of our friends' trip thus far.
The web site won’t work for me but you can try it. The Gault Millau site below works well. Le Bistrot des Alpilles web site
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Villa Glanum: If you visit Glanum or the St. Paul asylum,
It was a Sunday and we had been stymied finding a church service since it was Patrimony Days and churches were combining services for major celebrations. We finally ended up at the courtyard of the chateau at St. Andiol for their Harvest Mass with orchestra, 7 participating parishes and a live donkey. It was quite an experience. (We never did find out why the donkey was there.)
Then we had to find lunch and knew exactly where we wanted to go. We drove to Saint-Remy-de-Provence and out to Villa Glanum where we parked and went in for lunch. It was shaded and lovely and they had several menu choices but we decided to order from the carte and only have two courses since we had been eating way too much for several weeks now.
After lunch we visited the archeological site of Glanum. If you like Roman ruins, don't miss this.
Favorite Dish: Ed got a Provençal cod with ratatouille and I got a marvelous magret de canard, tender and cooked to perfection. For dessert Ed got a vanilla custard with caramel sauce and I got the moelleaux au chocolat in a burnt sugar sauce. Fabulous!
The restaurant cat was also very cute. Sitting under the trees with delicious food and a quiet purring kitty was the perfect restful Sunday lunch, a perfect prelude to climbing all over the Roman ruins across the road.
The phone, web site and e-mail address are below. Here is the Fax number.
Fax: +33 (0)4 9092-0008
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Le Bistro des Alpilles: Bistro food
We asked at our hotel for some recommendations for places to eat but didn't care for the menus so we stopped by this bistro after chatting with some folks enjoying their meal on the outside patio. We ate here two of our three nights, service was very good and it was lovely to be sitting outside on the patio.
Favorite Dish: The 1st night I had a parmesean risotto with shrimp and scallops, the 2nd night I had a steak au poivre (pepper sauce). David had a very good, but rather expensive hamburger
La Maison Jaune: Great Provencal Cuisine
This restaurant offers great provencal cuisine at a decent price. Located in a yellow house (as the name suggests) not far from the main square, the restaurant offers two dining rooms and a patio on the 2nd floor. The decor is tasteful and the service is impeccable.
Most impressive, however, is the food prepared by chef François Perraud. Perraud offers wonderfully flavorful Provencal dishes that do justice to the high quality ingredients that he uses. The portions are nicely sized. Although the menu changes regularly, when I visited (twice) the restaurant offered artichokes in an herb broth, fresh anchovies, duck with a lemon gremulata, pigeon, as well as other dishes. (For the most recent menu, visit their website.) These dishes can be enjoyed along with some wonderful local wines from the impressive wine list.
The restaurant offers a regular menu, but the prix fix menus (starting at around 30 Euros per person) are the best deal. The restaurant staff speaks English and menus are also available in that language.
Cafes about Town: Try a Cafe
We didn't have time to drop in, but St. Remy had some very appealing cafes tucked here and there along the streets (pics 1 &2).
Attractive and of intimate size, they offered a spot to while away time, sip a favorite glass of wine or enjoy a cup of espresso.
Unfortunately, our free time was squandered looking for something warm to wear and in deciding which pastisserie to sample. If we only had a few moments more, we would have collapsed onto a small chair at a tiny table, settled ourselves comfortably with menu in hand and taken the opportunity to order something delectable.
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Le Cassoulet: So many great choices!
This is a pretty, cozy family place. It "looks" like Provence, with lacy tablecloths and beamed ceilings. The upstairs dining room wasn't opened yet, as it wasn't "the season," but even then, I think you'll feel this is a very personal place. The desserts were scrumptious! The house wine helps keep your tab down...but with a nice selection of inexpensive menus, you will do well here.
UPDATE: We went back on our most recent trip in October 2006. It was again an excellent meal. The service is very welcoming and personal. The prices have gone up a bit, but that's happened all over Europe especially with the Euro up and the US$ down.
Favorite Dish: I had a fabulous entree here...a tarte of tomato, aubergine and mushrooms, (tarte Monsieur Sequin) with a pastry that was really top notch. And, as noted above, the desserts were delicious.
Bistro Decouverte: Saint Remy-de-Provence Bistro
This is a simple bistro with amazing food and wine. It's run by a husband and wife. She cooks, and he waits tables. The food is traditional Provenaçal dishes, simple, but so tasty. This is my favorite bistro in France.
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Le Bistro du Paradou: The Best Restaurant in Provence?
Someone told me this is Patricia Wells' favorite restaurant in Provence. I tried for weeks to make a reservation, but their number was ALWAYS busy! We stopped in one afternoon to make a reservation for later in the week. Turned out they weren't serving dinner until June. So we made a reservation for lunch the next day. It's totally prix fixe -- everything including wine, water and coffee. You have no choices...they have set menus each day of the week. Don't worry. You'll like it!
Favorite Dish: We had leg of lamb -- one of my very favorites. There were two vegetables, tiny white beans and broiled tomatos with basil (and our starter had been grilled eggplant). This was a wonderful, country lunch...really seemed healthy! A nice cheese plate (well, we had to finish that bottle of wine, didn't we?) Dessert was a wonderful strawberry/raspberry tart.
Lunch was more expensive than average, but hey, that night we only needed pizza and a salad for dinner. Who cared. After a lunch like that I really didn't want much.
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L’ASSIETTE DE MARIE: St. Remy-de-Provence restaurant
This romantic little restaurant looks like a combination antique store/restaurant. The food is rustic, and very good, and the atmosphere can't be beat. it's very small, but so cozy.
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