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“excellent kitchen”

Le Bistrot de Lagarde
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed October 20, 2017

excellent kitchen in the mountains of the plateau de vaucluse. The menues are changing frequently and always a great surprise. 3 Hors d'oeuvres and 3 deserts. The service is nice by the husband of the chef. Absolutely a must in the Luberon region.

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Reviewed August 18, 2017

This restaurant has gained a Michelin star since we were last there. I left with an uneasy feeling that, although the food had been good there was something not quite right about it.

Reflecting on it I think it is to do with attitude. I had the distinct impression that, because we were speaking English - which is what we are - we must be tourists. When we were brought the menus we were told in no uncertain terms that the 'menu du jour' was the cheapest, there were no choices, there could be no substitutions and everyone at the table had to have it. In all my years of eating in restaurants I have never experienced this,

We were then directeed to the menu du bistro..Here again there was no choice of entree or dessert. Three of each and all would be served,. There is a choice of fish(trout) or meat (sucking pig) for the main course. In fairness these were both locally sourced and we were asked if we had any allergies.

We decided that, because of the copious amuse bouche etc we would go for the main and dessert. This proved to be a wise move.

I have the feeling that this chef has talent but an ego to match. He wants to show off and in so doing over-complicates matters. There was at least one element too many on each and every dish. A touch of molecular here, a squirt of foam elsewhere. He has the techniques but less would have definitely meant more.

The service, which was bordering on the over effusive at the start went downhill rapidly. Glasses were not topped up and small but important details overlooked. At one point there was not a single member of staff visible on the terrace for several minutes. A fork was missing and our friend, who is visibly disabled dropped her napkin and no-one noticed. The bill took too long to appear.

I am not sure if the difficult driive to get there and back is worth it, Although the view on the way is spectacular, the restaurant's peculiar location, in an ex-bunker , overlooking a huge photo-voltaic array is not beautiful

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3  Thank Joan B
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Reviewed August 15, 2017

It's not often I experience a restaurant of this class and everything with this place impressed me. To find a restaurant of this caliber in the middle of nowhere is nothing but amazing.

We were welcomed with a friendly smile from one of the waiters and guided to our table. The restaurant is nicely decorated with lots of details and matching use of colors. The "Bistrot de Lagarde" is not big by size, but the atmosphere is intimate and relaxing.

We received menus and water very quickly on our table. While we were deciding what to choose from the menu, a fancy "prestarter" where served. When the menu is written in French only and we don't speak the language we had to get attention from the waiters quite often. Every time they smiled and explained so we could easily understand what the different dishes consisted of. There were dishes served between the ordered dishes, and to be honest I don't know how many dishes we had been through when we finished. All of the food where cooked to perfection, aroma and flavors of the food were impeccable and the presentation of each dish were artistic and carefully planned. We could feel there was a kind of philosophy behind it all. The price level is absolutely fair considering what is served on your plate and the work behind it.

It felt like a pity though that we came by car as the wine list had some really exciting choices. Anyway we allowed ourselves to enjoy a glass of a delicious and rather crisp Luberon, and next time we'll enjoy more of the wine from the list.

The waiters were extremely attentative, even if we almost didn't notice they were there. Thanks to Chef Lloyd Tropeano and his staff for making our visit to "Le Bistrot de Lagarde", a magic one!

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1  Thank btglobetrotter
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Reviewed June 30, 2017

We had the Menu du Jour, a three course meal for 30 euros. Prior to the courses, we ordered aperitifs, which they served with amuse bouches. All were excellent. The lamb was the main course. I am usually not a fan of lamb, but this dish was so well prepared and seasoned. The cheese course that ended the meal was remarkable. For 30 euros, it was an incredible value for what we got.

The restaurant is in a remote area north of Apt, but in my view the drive out there is worth it. After having spent a week in Italy, we had a series of comparatively lackluster meals during our week in Provence. This meal was a welcome change. I highly recommend their Menu du Jour.

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Reviewed June 25, 2017

We were very much looking forward to experiencing lunch at this Michelin starred restaurant high up in the hills and dined here on a Friday as a party of four. The experience started off relatively well, we all selected the Menu Bistrot, and were delighted by the series of amuse bouche and first courses (there were three) but somewhere during this phase the service rapidly went from brusque to rude with extremely long (45+ minute) neglectful gaps between courses. On several occasions we were sitting staring at our empty wine + water glasses but the staff was otherwise engaged (mostly with French speaking tables) or not within sight. While we do not speak French fluently (and were speaking German together at the table) we always try to make an effort to speak some French when dining in France but nonetheless it was very apparent that our table was low, or even last, priority for the staff. I might expect this from a local bistro but from a Michelin starred restaurant (where presumably the restaurant has regular international guests) this is quite unacceptable. The fatal blow happened at the end of our (3+ hour) meal where we waited at least 45 minutes for a round of espresso (that we had ordered with our dessert and cheese courses) to no avail while the rest of the tables paid and were ushered out. Finally--we just wanted to leave at this point- my husband went inside the restaurant looking for a server to ask for the bill. The bill was brought out-- which included the elusive espresso-- and we were then informed that the espressos were "coming." All in all, very disappointing experience. There are many other lovely restaurants in the Luberon which may fail to have a Michelin star but are much more welcoming to guests and which provide, frankly, a much more professional level of service. l'Bartavelle in Goult was one of our favorites.

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