Things are changing in the medieval city of Avignon! Aurélie and Jonathan Thomassin have converted a local institution (L’Ami Voyage, a former bookstore/restaurant that was also the first printing press for Actes Sud editions) into an intriguing sandwich shop: a waxed concrete bar, Japanese-inspired lighting, skateboards hung on the walls… At lunch, Aurélie sends out homemade pita bread sandwiches filled with carefully sourced ingredients, like the one with marinated shredded chicken from the Champ du Coq farm, mayonnaise and barbecued lemon, which was the hit of the summer. Once night falls, make way for tantalizing small plates: light zucchini blossom beignets stuffed with brousse cheese and sumac, plus green gazpacho (Green Zebra tomatoes, melon, zucchini) with just the right amount of vinegar; lovely chicken thigh cooked in a press, with tender meat and crispy skin, drizzled in a tarragon, marigold and mandarin orange jus, with smashed potatoes; and a comforting s’more dessert made with homemade barbecued marshmallow in between two tuile cookies, all sprinkled with shaved dark chocolate and toasted buckwheat. // Raoul Taburin
FEELING THIRSTY? A simplistic and unfussy selection with a few local wines (a Cairanne white from the Domaine Brusset at €6 a glass, a biodynamic red from the Domaine des Maravilhas for €27 a bottle) and Leamo sodas (€4).
PRICE: Pita sandwiches €13-16 (lunch), small plates €11-20, cheese €11, desserts €5-10 (dinner).