While this is not one of Avignon’s Michelin starred restaurants, it is elegant and luxurious. Housed in the Hotel La Mirande, a renovated 18th C mansion, the hushed restaurant has high ceilings dripping with chandeliers, scalloped walls, tasteful wall papering and tables covered with crisp white linens, flowers and candles.(It was too cool to sit outside, which I’m sure would be lovely on a warm evening.) The servers are respectful, with impeccable timing. There were three of us and we all decided to have the five-course chef’s menu (a much better value than ordering a la carte) and were glad we did. We spent several hours sipping a lovely rose and a robust Gigondas (the wine list is extensive – 60 pages!). Each plate was like a work of art and tasted as good as it looked. Stand outs were a starter composed of brioche, melt-in-your-mouth duck foie gras and fresh mushrooms; the lamb entrée served with fresh figs and sausage in a spinach puree deep-fried humus cubes (surprisingly good); and the mille-feuille (buttery pastry layered with thick whipped cream). A sweet touch was the flower pot filled with chocolate shavings and wafers and capped with a hazelnut truffle lollipop.
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