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st.remy/alpilles report July 2013: Cafe de la Place, Maison Jaune, Bistrot du Paradou, Mas de l'Amarine


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st.remy/alpilles report July 2013: Cafe de la Place, Maison Jaune, Bistrot du Paradou, Mas de l'Amarine

degustazione | | Jul 25, 2013 02:59 PM

Cafe de la Place: This is a non-descript looking cafe just off the ring road (blvd Mirabeau), it is actually toward the back of the parking lot where they hold part of the wednesday market. Popular place and the ingredients were really superior. We had one beef salad with thai herbs, and one caesar salad with chicken. The lettuce in both stood out. Other items on menu looked good as well, such as the andouillette. Dessert was quite good. Recommended.

La Maison Jaune: Service was friendlier this year, and food very good, and setting on the terrace overlooking the rooftops is hard to match (and allows outdoor dining even when the weather is a bit iffy as it was that night). They have a way with creating simple but refined dishes. Their sardines are always great. Gambas also good (we had the provencal degustation, which was all seafood this year); I didn't love the st. pierre fish but not because of the prep, just because it's not my favorite fish. We added one a la carte order of duck with peaches which was great.

Bistrot du Paradou: Had been once before and loved it. This time it was good but not quite as good, perhaps because of the plat du jour (there is supposedly no choice, although apparently they will make another choice available if you ask). The plat was a remarkable chicken, carved into various pieces--no quibble with that. But it was served with a linguine pasta drenched in butter. (The alternate plat which some had, but which our table was not offered, was sliced leg of lamb.) The entree was a tomato-mozz tart or sliced red mullet; we had the former and it was just ok. Cheese course, which is help yourself, was excellent--though I didn't appreciate being instructed by the waiter on how you are supposed to slice the wedge of cheese. Apricot clafoutis tart was very good (there are many choices for dessert, unlike for the entree and plat).

Mas de l'Amarine. This is a newish restaurant on the outskirts of St Remy on nice grounds. The decor is somewhat avant garde (think Moma design store). The clientele is mostly french. The food is quite good but occasionally seems to be trying too hard. We had a nice starter of grilled lettuce with some goat cheese inside, accompanied by heirloom tomato and a few other things. Our mains were an excellent local lamb done in two ways, I believe the shoulder was confited and the chop was smoked which made for a dramatic presentation when brought to the table and the smoke allowed to waft over the table from its glass enclosure. Desserts were ok. Definitely worth another try and seems popular so book ahead.

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