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Open: Lunch and dinner Mon - Sat
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 90 74 22 01
Address: 67 Place de la Bouquerie
Apt, Provence, 84400
Country: France
Food Style: French

Bistro le France is the type of place that we really like! Not pretentious, not inhabited by the trendy set - just locals and a few lucky tourists.
The reason we like these places is that the food is real. Like the anchoaide which was one of the most authentic expressions of this traditional dish that we had experienced. Rich, gutsy, salty - everything we could have hoped for!
The crudités were exceptional - each vegetable was chosen with care. Radishes were impossibly fresh. Cucumber, endive, a whole tomato, celery and two very small green peppers. A boiled egg still in its shell. And to ensure that the artichoke did not discolour, the chef appeared at the same time as the vegetables to peel it on the spot with a very sharp knife.
And the other entrée was equally amazing! We love Cavaillon melons. They have a depth of flavour not found in other melons we have tried. We were congratulating ourselves on pairing the melon with some of the local cured ham - it paired very well, but here we ordered the melon au muscat and were surprised and delighted at the results. Half a melon was brought to the table. The flesh had been scooped out into bite-sized pieces. The waiter then brought to the table a bottle of the famous Muscat de Beaume de Venise (where we had been touring the day before) and filled the half melon with the sweet liquid. The combination of the muscat and the sweet melon was amazing - and here we were having it as an appetizer! We would never have thought to team two such sweet items to come up with such a stunning result!
The veal for main course was excellent. A dourade had been grilled with fennel until the outside was almost black and very crisp yet the flesh was still moist and lovely and the skin was entrancing.
Since writing the original review for Bistro le France we have returned each year to enjoy the unfussy, bistro cooking here. It is always a very pleasant experience with the food being seasonal and prepared simply to enhance its flavour without masking its freshness.
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