Chez Serge | Restaurant | Carpentras | France | Natural wine Restaurants, Wine, Travel, Opinions

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Open: Lunch and dinner Mon - Sat
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 90 63 21 24
Address: 90 rue Cottier
Carpentras, Provence, 84200
Country: France

Chez Serge is a large, unpretentious restaurant on the edge of the old part of Carpentras. It is a favourite lunch place for locals who attend regularly for the good food, fine wine and pleasing ambience. In summer, the first floor terrace is particularly popular.
One of the reasons locals like this place is the very reasonable set price menus that are available. On a recent visit we enjoyed a three course lunch which consisted of an entrée (we tried a beautiful terrine of young rabbit with a small salad and a plate of fine charcuterie), a main course (a very good pizza and chicken simmered in red wine) and dessert (fromage blanc with a raspberry coulis) followed by very good coffee.
The wine list is also quite smart with offerings such as the lovely Gigondas from Domaine les Pallieres which is a joint venture between US wine importer Kermit Lynch and the Brunier family, makers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape's revered Vieux Telegraphe.
On a return visit in 2007 we were even more impressed with the quality of the food, service and wine offerings. We loved a dish of caillettes with a rocket salad and a lovely, lovely dish of artichokes with duck livers and onion rings.
In November 2008 we returned again and, once again, the food and the wine experience were excellent. A whole bass was roasted perfectly and seasoned with roasted lemon. Some cepes served in a cocotte with an egg tasted of the forest floor from where they had recently been plucked. A pumpkin soup was livened with the most extraordinary salted pork and perfect gnocchi. Local wine selections still include the Domaine de Cascavel wines, some from Chateau Unang which lies near Malemort and the organic wines of Domaine Terres de Solence near Mazan which is quite close to Carpentras. All of the wines just mentioned are from the Ventoux appellation.
We returned again in 2016 at the height of the truffle season and enjoyed some excellent dishes laced with the local truffles. Remember that while the Perigord region is the best known truffle area in France, many of the great chefs source their truffles from the Ventoux area because they are considered to be of a superior quality by those in the know.
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