France: Provence

Aix en Provence and Les Baux

Wines from Aix en Provence and Les Baux de Provence
By Liz Berry MW

This Guide was last updated on 16 February 2010
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L’Atelier de Jean-Luc Rabanel

Address: 7 Rue des Carmes, 13200 Arles
Tel: 04 90 91 07 69 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 43:40:34N (43.67606)    Longitude: 4:37:37E (4.62706) 

Another personal favourite, this small restaurant in the centre of Arles is very popular, and needs to be booked well in advance, especially in the summer season. Jean-Luc was formerly at the Restaurant La Chassagnette in the Camargue, and has transferred his imaginative cuisine to Arles. His dishes are based on organically grown vegetables, (with some judiciously chosen local meat and fish) and show a masterly touch, with delicate, imaginative and sensitive cuisine, and a series of small and appetizing dishes flowing one after the other. Jean Luc’s restaurant gained a Michelin star at the end of 2006, with a second awarded in 2009; he was awarded 'Chef of the Year' by Gault Millau in 2007. A the end of 2007 they opened a bistro 'A Coté' at 21 Rue des Carmes, with a range of lighter dishes and some of his signature dishes. The bistro is very popular and needs to be booked in advance.

Useful information: €42 (lunch); €85 (dinner); menus including wines also available. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Check for occasional holiday closures. 'A Coté' main courses €18 - telephone 04 90 47 61 13.

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