Les Florets | French Restaurant | Gigondas | France:

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Open: Closed Wednesday, holidays January - March
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 90 65 85 01
Address: Route des Dentelles
Gigondas, Provence, 84190
Country: France
Food Style: French

Les Florets is a charming hotel and restaurant in a beautiful wooded valley that tumbles out of the ragged Dentelles du Montmirail in behind the wine village of Gigondas.
The time to visit is anytime that the weather is good so that you can enjoy your meal on the huge, sweeping terrace in front of the establishment at tables covered with brightly-coloured tablecloths. Here, efficient waiters bustle backwards and forwards covering the distance to the inside kitchen, but rarely miss a beat.
There is something restful about sitting under the huge trees whilst gazing off to the wooded hills that rise above the valley while sipping a La Garrigue wine which is the domaine of the family who runs the hotel.
We had a glass of the family rose followed by the 2004 Gigondas which is an excellent wine.
There are a number of fixed price menus available as well as a la carte service. We decided on the very reasonably-priced Le Menu Balade which starts with an amuse bouche which was a small bowl of very pleasant carrot soup sprinkled with black sesame seeds on the day we were there.
This was followed by canelloni de courgettes which saw slices of courgettes folded around lightly scrambled egg and accompanied by a tomato coulis and a basil crème. This was a lovely dish that suited the warm autumn day perfectly.
Main courses of fillet of salmon and confit duck were both very good dishes cooked with care and skill without rising to heights.
Dessert saw an unadorned mound of excellent fomage blanc on a flat plate. On the side was served five small dishes of condiments including pepper and salt and then three fruit sauces to sweeten the cheese. This was a lovely way to finish a very satisfying meal.

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