Sunday, January 3, 2010

Chez Serge, Carpentras France

We have enjoyed several nice lunches at Chez Serge after the Friday morning market in Carpentras; dinners have been good as well.

Carpentras is located 19 km south of Sablet in the Vaucluse region of Provence France. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the main market on Rue Cottier.

There is a terrace in front of the restaurant for dining on sunny days. The dining rooms are very pretty and service is gracious and attentive. Unusually for Provence, Chez Serge offers good stemware for wine service.

The dining room is overseen by the restaurant's genial owner Serge Ghoukassian who is a wine expert and truffle lover. Chez Serge is known for its use of truffles in its dishes and special truffle and wine dinners occur throughout the winter season.

A great value is the 15 Euro 3 course "formule du midi" offered at lunch Monday through Friday.

The "formule du midi" includes a choice of starters or "entrées". On our last visit, the choices were a lentil soup or chèvre in a beggar's purse with greens.

Lunch continued with a choice of main courses or "plats". On our last visit, the choices were a fillet of salmon with mashed potatoes in a beurre blanc sauce or braised veal steak with noodles.

Lunch ended with a choice of desserts. We both chose the apple tart tatin.

Chez Serge is a very nice place to have a leisurely lunch after the Friday market. It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Carpentras from our home in Sablet.

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