French Restaurant in Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, France: Le Jardin de Quai Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

Le Jardin de Quai
Restaurants and bars
Open: Thur - Mon
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 90 20 14 98
Address: 91, avenue Julien Guigue
Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, 84800
Country: France
Food Style: French

Le Jardin de Quai is the jewel in the crown of the delightful antique centre of Isle sur la Sorgue. After a morning enjoying the food market and shopping in the antique shops that are a feature of this town, there is nothing we like better than to head for the delightful garden at Le Jardin de Quai and to enjoy a lingering lunch and a glass of local rose.
A return visit was made in August 2007 because we had had some varied reports of the food experiences here. We chose to go for the Sunday lunch as that is the prime time for eating here when all systems should be finely tuned to provide the best possible dining experience.
We, once again, found the service to be charming and generally efficient, however somewhat tentative, as if they were used to getting complaints. Maybe it relates to the fact that it is a fixed menu with no choices and many diners are just not used to that?
The first dish of salmon rillettes was a bit of a worry. The serving was huge, far too big for an introductory dish having a huge mound of salmon as well as a grain (possibly quinoa) and a stuffed crab shell as well. It also had an unsatisfactory sweet chilli sauce as an accompaniment and a smear of very hot wasabi. However it was helped by a lovely Crozes Hermitage white from the domain of talented winemaker Yann Chave.
We felt relieved, however, when the main course arrived. The contrivances of the first course had disappeared and we were served a simple, flavoursome and very satisfying dish. A large chuck of lot (monkfish) was served in a beautifully-flavoured saffron and olive broth with a single cherry tomato providing a colour contrast. The fish was chunky and meaty and packed with fish flavour - just as it should be!
Dessert of fresh, diced fruits of the season served in a cylinder with a nutty base and creamy mid section was also very good.
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