L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is well known by Australian francophiles for its legendary antiques and second-hand goods market on a Sunday morning. Not so well-known is the Restaurant A Table run by Anne and Clément. This will change, as I am certain this couple and their restaurant are going to be the next big thing in French gastronomy.
|Roasted langoustine with horseradish, tartar of tomato and basil spaghetti|
I knew when my friend, food expert and writer Catherine said that this restaurant was something special that I was going to be in for a real treat. The restaurant has a simple understated decor which provides a perfect balm to the frantic pace of the markets that spill on to the neighbouring streets. I love the markets here but by the end I am suffering sensory overload.
|Sea bream almonds and rosemary|
I am warmly greeted by Anne who apologises for having to turn me away the night before as they are fully booked. Anne moves effortlessly between French and English as she talks with the diners. She radiates a genuine charm and warmth and is rightfully very proud of the restaurant and the dishes lovingly and creatively prepared by Clém. For dinner there is a 3 course menu for 30 Euros with 2 choices per course. Whilst some may suggest this is too limited, I can only reply that the result is dishes made from the very best and freshest ingredients. The wording in the menus does not provide a hint as to just how wonderful the dishes are. The quality of the dishes exceeds even the highest of expectations. I have been fortunate to eat in Michelin starred restaurants in France and Spain but Clém's dishes exceed these in every way. Minute attention to detail in terms of combinations of flavours, textures, smells and presentation result in dishes that are light and yet have a complexity that rewards the senses.
I highly recommend this restaurant for those who are looking for gourmet fresh creative French cuisine.
Restaurant "A Table"
52-54 rue Carnot
84800 ISLE sur SORGUE
Tél. : 04 90 24 86 62