Le Jardin du Quai... a Hidden Gem in L’Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur: This captivating French region is located in the far southeastern part of France. Surrounded by the Italian border to the east, the mediterranean sea to the south, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes to the north, and by Occitanie to the west. With the Rhône river flowing through its westernmost border, it is one of the most diverse regions of France.
It is there, where the hills of Provence bind with the sea of the Alps to nurture sloping vineyards and inspire the great minds of Cezanne, Van Gogh, Mistral, Daudet and many more.
It may take years of travel and self-immersion to fully understand why this part of France is one of the most popular destinations. My short visit to this marvelous part of the world was highlighted by a charming little restaurant, tucked in a small town, 15 miles southeast of Avignon known as L’Isle-Sur-la Sorgue, or “Venice of Provence” a nickname bestowed upon this 14th century town due to the numerous canals that run through its narrow, ancient streets.
The town is guarded by the majestic Notre-Dame-des-Anges Collegiate Church, with its unique melange of Gothic and Baroque.
A collection of breath-taking historic landmarks are spread across the town, with six antique villages that host more than 350 antiques dealers open all year round. L’Isle-Sur-la Sorgue is a renowned art destination, where over 500 art dealers gather twice a year to present their art to the world at one of the largest antique centers in France.
Le Jardin du Quai
Le Jardin du Quai is a charming little restaurant. Its garden exudes natural tranquility, mixed with a charming wisteria-shaded terrace, surrounded by hundred-year-old trees, exotic species of flowers, herbs and birds.
At Le Jardin du Quai, there is no menu--depending on the day of the week, and the availability of fresh produce in the farmer’s market, chef Daniel Hébet prepares your three-course meal of rustic, yet refined Provencal dishes. The menu has a set price, with a small difference between lunch and dinner. If you have food allergies, they will provide alternatives, but other than that, you don't need to make any food choices, beside selecting your favorite local wine.
Eating al fresco in southern France, surrounded by nature and the perfume of flowers and herbs, watching the stars arrive gradually….all while sipping a cooling rosé and being spoiled by friendly service and gastronomic delights... this, certainly for me, is paradise!