Best cave à manger Guide 2010
If you can look past the rather gruff welcome from the owner, this lively Arles bistro (classic tables, flying blackboard menus, hanging wine bottles) keeps tickling our like-o-meters! The fact is, Brigitte Cazalas and Luc Desrousseaux’s very straightforward cuisine has been consistently good for the past 10 years now. The night we went, we popped open the top button on our Bermuda shorts after diving into the €35 menu: an ultra-precise eggplant and preserved pepper pressé topped with burrata; a memorable osso buco with a small garden of glazed vegetables and a juicy tomato sauce; and a giant anti-diet chocolate mousse sprinkled with raspberries for dessert.
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s an exceptional natural wine collection! A sharp Fer Servadou Aveyron from Nicolas Carmarans (€5 a glass), a lovely Ardèche Syrah from Hervé Souhaut (€38 a bottle), an energetic Tavel from Eric Pfifferling (€32)…
PRICE: Menu €28-35.