The best restaurant in all of France

OK, OK, so maybe I’m not the most objective judge. I’ll admit it up front, I am the chef’s significant other, so I guess I would be a fan of what I consider to be one of the best restaurants here in the South of France. However, you could argue that I know the establishment, and the chef, well, and so am therefore a very good judge. Or, I’ll put it to you this way – I fell in love with the man because of his cooking. That’s pretty good cooking, wouldn’t you say? Yep, it’s true, the way to a woman’s heart is through the stomach. But it must be said, it wasn’t just the cooking. It was the passion, and the great taste and the ‘je ne sais quoi’ of his outlook on life too (oh and the accent – who can deny the sexiness of a French accent). And those very same things can be felt at Les Sarments, my partner’s restaurant in Puyloubier, about 15 minutes east of Aix en Provence, at the foot of the Sainte Victoire mountain.

The food is inspired and creative, the service is friendly and never stuffy and the garden seating has to be the best terrace of any in the region. It’s like little secret walled garden, with pomegranet and fig trees, chirping birds and no traffic.

And it’s a child friendly place – a great day out. After driving along the Sainte Victoire you can walk around the quaint village of Puyloubier and then enjoy a meal that even the kids will love (sometimes the chef has prepared special Tagada Fraise ice cream just to please the younger guests).

And if you are looking to wow your out of town friends with your ‘life in Provence’ lifestyle, look no further. One lazy afternoon over a meal here and they will be planning on how to move to the south of France!

But don’t take my word for it. Have a look at the press articles and comments on the Sarmetns blog:, or speak with anyone you know who has been.

Makes sure to reserve: 04 42 66 31 58.  If you do go, then tell him Amy’s blog sent you.

Bon appetit, and enjoy.

Restaurant Les Sarments, 4 rue Qui Monte, Puyloubier. Tel: 04 42 66 31 58

1 Comment

  1. Boxall said,

    December 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I agree on this restaurant. One of the best meal I’ve ever had. L’alliance des saveurs était surprenante et à la fois, parfaite.
    Weel done, we’ll come back.

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