I found a new small restaurant in Avignon that is worthy of a visit. It is just across from the Church "Saint Agricol" at 2 Rue Petite Fusterie, and called "L'Essentiel."
At lunchtime they serve Tartines, a sort of sandwich, and I did not eat there at lunchtime. The formula is completely different at dinner, with a couple of set menus, each with choices for each course, and these menus change regularly. They are priced at around 26 and 37 euros each, which includes an entree, a main course, and a dessert. There's a good selection of wine on the wine list both by the bottle and several of each color by the glass. The food is tasty, well prepared, and shows creativity and class. Tables are comfortably spaced.
The staff is very welcoming and give good service. They are doing a good business for a place that has only been open for 8 months.
I ate here twice in 4 days and had a nice meal both times, with a very good price to value relationship. I had the more expensive menu both times. For appetizers I had the foie gras both times (very creative so I decided to have it again; served with a "confiture of olives," something I'd never had before, a sweet olives type preserve, which went well with the foie gras). For the main course I had the duck one time and the tuna the second; both were well prepared. For desserts I had both of them offered on the menu I chose, the chocolate cake and the baba.
For the price you will not do better in this town, now will you find a more welcoming reception.
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