Main City Square, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
La Cave Villeneuve-les-Avignon Reviews
local yumminess & a great selection of wines May 28, 2009
This restaurant was an absolute gem that we've had a chance to explore on a total off-chance. After a full day of trekking and driving in the region, we've returned to our beautiful hotel a tad late and literally everything was closed except one bar. We've almost given up on having any food that night - and we were starved - when a local French-Arab kid spotted us in this bar and in broken English explained that there's a restaurant he really likes just nearby.
I thanked him and he carefully started walking in the direction of the said restaurant. Carefully, as it was dark, no one around, and plenty of corners and alleys. But in less than three minutes we saw a gathering of people at the end of the alley. The place was packed with locals and the smells coming through the doors whenever they were open were divine.
La Cave - The Cellar - is an apt name as it feels like a cellar with appropriate stone finish and a slightly darker, subdued ambience. Moreover, they actually have a huge wine cellar in-house and offer an unbelievable selection of wines ranging from 18E - 300E a bottle. Even the house wine is regularly rotated and judging by what we saw, it's more sufficient for most tourist palates.
The food was divine! A number of dishes were already sold out by midnight and yet, what was left was still aplenty. We decided on a range of seafood and beef plates, with octopus leading the way. Stuffed peppers were also a very good selection - each one with a slightly different stuffing, all spiced differently but not too hot, and all ready to just melt away in our mouths. And they did...
What can I say - to pay decent prices for the sort of French food people often hear about but rarely taste was an absolute treat. We've already recommended this place to a number of people and will continue doing so.
Oh, they also serve tapas earlier in the day; the main menu apparently changes on a regular basis too, reservervations are almost a must, and when it's warmer, the entire front window of the restaurant lifts, expanding the restaurant by its patio space and allowing for eating under the stars. Perfection!
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