This tiny but deluxe bistro across from the château has daily aioli, a smorgasbord of fresh cod and lightly steamed vegetables crowned with the garlic mayonnaise. Evenings are reserved for intimate, formal indoor meals à la carte—roast Luberon lamb, beef with truffle sauce, and the like. The '30s-style bistro tables and architectural lines are a relief from Gordes's ubiquitous rustic-chic, and there is a revolving array of paintings by local artists, many of
which are for sale. There are only 26 seats, so book well in advance.
Pl. du Château, Gordes, 84220, France
Mar 26, 2002
when we ate at this wonderful place. The owner/chef Jean Michel Schmitt got out his umbrella to cross the square to his cave to obtain the red wine he recommended to compliment the daube we ordered. He decanted it while regailing us with wine info, then floated the decanter in water to restore its equalibrium or some such. All in all a wonderful show. Lots of theatrics and great food. One of the most fun meals we've had in a lot of traveling.