Eating local at L’Esprit de la Violette, Aix-en-Provence, France
Remembering excellent dining in Aix-en-Provence at Clos de la Violette (adjacent to Villa Gallici Hotel and Spa, just outside of Old Town) from previous trips, we decided to book a table there with friends on this trip to Aix from Marseille (where our Ship was docked). Reading up on the restaurant we were pleased to see that it had been renovated and a new leading chef was focusing on fresh, seasonal products, especially from the Provence region.
Our luncheon table on the shaded terrace overlooked the beautiful grounds and garden at L’Esprit de la Violette (a MICHELIN-starred restaurant)
We had an outstanding luncheon on the outdoor terrace, shaded from the August sun in Provence with a slight breeze blowing through the beautiful garden and terrace. Some of us had the “Menu du moment” and others the “Menu l’Esprit de la Violette”. Photographs of many of these courses follow. And yes, they tasted as good as they looked – fresh, creative, and nice flavor combinations in each dish. After lunch, our hearty walk back through Old Town was refreshing, before the drive back to Marseille.
An appetizer of “Tomatoes Greediness” with king prawn with coconut flavor, salt and pepper vinaigrette
“In the upper reaches of Aix, the former Clos de la Violette has had a facelift. This large bourgeois villa, with its garden planted with century-old trees, is now the ‘fief’ of chef Marc de Passorio. He concocts modern, colourful and devilishly creative cuisine, which leads diners from one lovely culinary surprise to the next. A MICHELIN star: cuisine of great finesse. Worth the stop!” – MICHELIN Guide 2016