One thing that I love about France (among the many) is that there always seems to be a food festival happening just around the corner. And this week one of the biggest gourmet “festivals” of the year is taking place: Tous au Restaurant.
Much more than a typical festival, Tous au Restaurant is a chance to discover new places to dine all around France as select restaurants offer 2 for 1 meals. Oo la lahh, if that isn’t a sweet deal.
We’ve narrowed down our “wish list” (participating restaurants can be found on the website) to about 4, so this weekend we’ll be seeing how many we can actually fit in. Thank goodness swimsuit season is almost over…
Which brings me to another great “food find” we discovered over the summer: Le Poivre d’Ane. Now a trip to Aix-en-Provence is always pretty wonderful, but I have to confess that during past trips we’ve been quite overwhelmed by the number of restaurant choices.
Admittedly, I’ve had more than a few tacos at the only Mexican restaurant to be found in a 2-hour radius, but I wouldn’t exactly call that “haute cuisine”. Although the “peppers” they use for the salsa are certainly intriguing… So in preparation for our last weekend trip, we combed guidebooks and websites looking for a good recommendation. As with any restaurant review, it still feels quite a bit like taking a stab in the dark, but luckily, this was one tasty stab…
At €35 for the set dinner menu, Le Poivre d’Ane is a fair deal for Aix and the food & service were excellent. Part of the gourmet hit parade we were treated to included:
Tartare de filet mignon de porc noir ibérique au piment d’Espelette, filet de bœuf « Angus d’Aberdeen » piquillo façon Rossini, and cheese-cake á la framboise…. (featured in order in the photos above)
I don’t think I can even translate all that, but trust me, it was all very very bon…
Le Poivre d’Ane
40 Place Forum des Cardeurs
PH : 04 42 21 32 66
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