We like to eat. And on a vacation, we figure that anything that you have to do 3 times a day oughtta be good.
For new readers, we spent a month celebrating our 5th anniversary in France (click on Paris, Provence and Provence 2 in the categories to read about it.) and I'm adding the occasional post--like this one about a restaurant called Mistral Gourmand in St. Remy--as time allows.
The call the fierce winds in Provence the Mistral and Gouramand literally means "greedy eater", but people choose to read the word in a more positive light.
Down the street from our hotel we found this sweet little restaurant that appeared to be a favorite lunch place of the local professionals. There were seats for no more than about 18 people, with a mirror on one wall so I could watch the diners behind me as they worked their way through a leisurely 90 minute lunch.
With encouragement from Chris ("take a picture!") I can show you a bit of our wonderful meal. I'll start with dessert (which is sometimes the way I eat at home--I mean if you save dessert for last, sometimes you're too full, but if you start with dessert, you never have to miss it.)
We split what they called a deconstructed lemon tart. All the parts were there, but arranged as a lovely pudding with accessories of lemon peel, meringue, whipped cream and a cookie in place of a crust.
And here you can see that we fully deconstructed our deconstructed lemon tart.
We both went for the same entree of a succulent and spicy chicken curry (although I think they called it a chicken friccassee) and cocunut rice. Not Provencal in origin obviously, but why be a purist?
And the house red (or did we have a rose?) was always good and cheap in Provence.
As a southern boy, if I can't have pork products everyday, then something resembling a deviled egg will do. Here for the appetizer, eggs with homemade warm mayonnaise. Wow, this dish made me so happy.
Great food, terrific service, intimate, local atmosphere--I'd go back in a heartbeat.
cuisine du marche, vins de qualite selctionnes
12, av. Durand Maillanes
13210 St. Remy de Provence
04 90 92 14 65