Last summer, we spent one week in Provence for our first-year anniversary and as fine dining lovers, we tried some of the best restaurants in the region.
#1 – Chardon, Arles
Designed by the Paris Pop Up team, the Chardon was the cheapest restaurant we went to, but it was by far the best. It’s a tiny, very trendy restaurant located in the old centre of Arles and it’s not at all common: the space is for chefs in residence, so it changes of chef every other month. When we came in August, it was a yound Danish chef. They offer a 29€ menu for lunch and a 39€ menu for dinner with local products only. Very nice wine list. One of the best culinary experience we have had.
#2 – Ousteau de Baumanière, Les Baux-de-Provence
This 2-starred Michelin restaurant was the luxury experience of our stay in Provence. Located at the Baumanière Hotel in the very small village of Les Baux-de-Provence, this beautiful and peaceful restaurant offers the best service. The food was wonderful : we had many different appetizers but the best was the bread served with local olive oil, named Castelines, that is produced a few kilometres away. As we went for lunch, we only took one meal and we chose the roasted milk-fed lamb. Never had best meat before this one. As dessert, I took the millefeuille. I am not a dessert person, but this one was so smooth in the mouth, it was simply delicious. A Baumanière brioche was offered at the end of the meal.
#3 – Bienbon, Saint Rémy de Provence
Small restaurant located in the heart of Saint Rémy de Provence. Very simple menu based on sharing plates. Food is all home-made, local and organic. Simply amazing evening with a pink G&T and a bottle of rosé. Beautiful terrasse available during summer.