Every year, the stars in Vaucluse shift imperceptibly. We’re talking Michelin stars, of course. And when new stars suddenly shine bright in one place, it means elsewhere others will fade and even vanish altogether. While this is happening, it’s all happening for the Bib Gourmands, where the famous red guide celebrates value for money and pays great attention to a meal’s quality. Here is a look at three wonderful restaurants that opened recently in Vaucluse and the galaxy of stars in the département.
Acte 2 in Avignon
Among the young talents in Vaucluse are Grégory and Déborah Dandrel, two Savoyards previously in Caumont-sur-Durance and who opened in Avignon recently. They can be found behind a large gate in rue Petite Calade, a delightful cobbled alleyway off the beaten track, yet right in the centre of town.
While Déborah looks after diners in a cosy setting in the town centre, Grégory works in the kitchen making delicious dishes with the products that he has carefully chosen from local producers.
Grégory honed his skills at Pierre Orsi in Lyon, 7 with Anne-Sophie Pic in Valence and at Hiely-Lucullus in Avignon.
Solelh in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
Solelh, the new restaurant created by Le Vivier’s Michelin-starred chefs Patrick Fischnaller and Romain Gandolphe, has been the place to be in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue for a year now.
The menu is refined and generous, with a concept of nibbles to share. It’s a no-frills restaurant with an open kitchen and shady terrace, run by Morgan in the restaurant and Mikelis Sparans in the kitchen!
Avenio, in Avignon
A Bib Gourmand also goes to Avenio with Jérôme Nolin in the kitchen with Pauline Nolin-Casamatta in the restaurant.
In the heart of Avignon, this contemporary restaurant has been opened by a young couple who have worked in superb restaurants like Oustau de Baumanière** or Le Petit Nice Passédat***, and serves skilfully masterminded traditional French cuisine.
It’s a place where know-how and expertise are conveyed on the plate and in the service.
Here is a full list of the Bib Gourmand restaurants in Vaucluse:
Around Avignon :
Acte 2 (Grégory Dardel) in Avignon
Avenio (Jérôme Nolin) in Avignon
L’Agape (Julien Gleize) in Avignon
Italie là-bas (Italia Palladino) in Avignon
La Maison du Célou (Adrien Louis) in Châteauneuf-de-Gadagne
Vallée du Rhône area :
Le Beaugravière (Guy Julien) in Mondragon
Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail area :
Côteaux et Fourchettes (Cyril Glémot) in Cairanne
Le 6 à table (Pascal Poulain) in Caromb
Côté Sud (Florian Perrin) in Uchaux
Le Bistro Panoramique des Maisons Du’O (Philippe Zemmour) in Vaison-la-Romaine
Le Bistrot de Villedieu (Laurent Azoulay) in Villedieu
Luberon area :
Solelh (Morgan) in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
L’Atelier l’Art des Mets (Romain Dumas) at Les Taillades
La Table de Pablo (Thomas Gallardo) in Villars
In the Vaucluse, excellence continues from one year to the next in these exceptional places. Among them three have a green star: La Fenière, in Lourmarin, Le Clos de l’Oustalet, in Gigondas, and La Mirande, in Avignon. This award recognises the chefs most committed to sustainable gastronomy.
As a reminder, here is a full list of the 11 other Michelin Stars (1*) restaurants in Vaucluse:
La vieille fontaine (Pascal Auger), at l’Hôtel d’Europe, in Avignon
La Mirande (Florent Pietravalle), in Avignon
Pollen (Mathieu Desmarest), in Avignon
Vallée du Rhône area:
La Mère Germaine (Julien Richard), in Châteauneuf-du-Pape
Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail area:
L’Oustalet (Thomas Boirel), in Gigondas
Luberon area :
Le Vivier (Patrick Fischnaller), in l’Isle sur la Sorgue
La Table de Xavier Mathieu, Le Phébus, in Joucas
La Bastide (Noël Bérard), in Bonnieux
La Petite maison de Cucuron (Eric Sapet), in Cucuron
L’Auberge de la Fenière (Reine et Nadia Sammut), in Lourmarin
La Closerie (Olivier Alemany), in Ansouis
Finally two restaurants have unfortunately lost their stars, which we hope is only temporary: Le Champs des Lunes in Lauris (Domaine de Fontenille) and, in the Gard département, Le Prieuré in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. They still remain among the finest places to dine.
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