Friday, April 20, 2012
We are so fortunate to have three great cities so closeby, Avignon, Marseilles and Aix en Provence.
Aix, famous for its tree lined boulevards, fountains, chic shops, cafes & restaurants is less than an hours drive.
It has undergone considerable construction work over the last 5 years with new appartments and shops creating a modern quarter that blends with the classically old buildings.
There are so many pretty buildings and squares to wander round, take a coffee and people watch, a daily morning market adds to the atmosphere.
One of the most difficult things in a big city is to choose the best place to eat, something most important in the days agenda.
Whilst visiting this week we tried the restaurant 'Côté cour' , tucked away behind the cours Mirabeau, headed by an award winning chef Ronan Kernen who was a recent contender on 'Top chef' the French equivalent of Britains Professional master chef.
At lunch there is a fixed menu at just 29€ for three course with a choice of two starters, two mains and dessert.
My starter was delicious, a poached egg (at 64 degrees) with smoked haddock, croutons and foam.
Karen's main 'fillet of Cabillaud' with Asparagus.
And my Veal with epeautre was incredible
The dessert was equally delicious, a croustillant of chocolate with beurre sale sauce and ice cream.
or for the complete chocoholic this cold chocolate bomb which collapses as the hot sauce is poured over it!
We shall be going back and have added it to our list which we offer to all our guests!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Like much of the UK and Europe we have seen some quite unusual weather over the last fortnight with cooler temperatures and some much needed rain. The locals are certainly bringing back out their winter gear!
I took this last week after a night of rain , the Mistral clearing away the clouds in the valley.
The holiday season is well under way here, and most of the restaurants that closed during winter have re opened. We are taking on the task of checking out some of our old favourites as well as finding some new ones to recommend to clients.
The Fountain in Villars has new owners as of last year, Nadine and her husband Tjebbe.
After a visit so the Sunday market in Coustellet we walked from home to Villars (abt 4 kms) to earn our lunch.
There is a fixed menu with a number of seasonal specials including Asperagus which has just come into season.
The Fish soup with accompments was excellent!
And my rack of Lamb was sensational!
And of course dessert! equally tasty.
The wine list includes an excellent range of local White , rose & reds which are correctly priced.
Prices range from 20€ to 50€ per head depending on how many courses and how much wine you drink!
A walk home rounds off the perfect meal!
Go and enjoy......