Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Provençal Lunch in Avignon ~ Restaurant le Lutrin (10/06)

We had a lovely lunch in the center of Avignon at the Restaurant le Lutrin, just around the corner from the Palais des Papes. It was a lovely restaurant, part of the Hôtel du Palais des Papes, and had a lovely outside seating area that sheltered you from the sunshine.
The perimeter was surrounded by large planters containing Bay Laurels, Lavender, Thyme, and Rosemary plants.
Surrounding the area was a small market of local artists, which provided a lovely backdrop to our heavenly meal.
This was one of my favorite meals of the trip: it was my ideal Provençal lunch. As it was a warm afternoon and we had been eating non-stop for a week and a half, I was in the mood for something light. My main course did not fail to please...
Roasted Aubergines with a simple Provençal Sauce. The flavors were so fresh and bold. I was in heaven. This was obviously washed down with a nice bottle of Provençal Rosé.

The only thing that could have completed this would have been lavender crème brûlée, and I was in luck: on the desert menu was a trilogy of crème brûlée. The flavors were Lavender, Thyme, and Vervain (Verbena). This is my ideal desert, right down to the fact that I have this thing about the number 3. It was the perfect way to finish the meal, even if the Thyme brûlée was actually Rosemary. Lucky for them, Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs too. Actually, in Provence, you really can't go wrong when it comes to my taste buds.

Hôtel du Palais des Papes ~

Restaurant le Lutrin

3, Place du Palais 84000 AVIGNON

By phone: (+33)490 860 413
By fax: (+33) 490 279 117


Lisa said...

Hi! Where is that in the second picture down? Is that the restaurant or an art gallery or art studio? I love those lamps. Everything is beautiful in France, it seems. I hope to find out for myself one day. sigh. :)

Amy Jemima said...

Hi Lisa! The second picture down is from my table, looking out onto the market where there were several artists. I did a horrible job capturing the restaurant. It was outside of a hotel, covered in an awning, surrended by an artists' market close to a carosel. It was really gorgeous, and I wanted to preserve the moment but when we got there I was only thinking of food, when we left I was only feeling nice from wine, so despite the fact I thought I had captured more - this is what I ended up with. It was lovely and I guess that just gives me incentive to go back - I wish. Everything really is beautiful in France, and I would highly recommend going if you ever get the chance. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful place in the world.

Hope you had a nice Christmas!