Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Du Verre à l'Assiette Restaurant, Gigondas

Drive 6 km south of Sablet on the D-7 towards Carpentras and you will see a small village up on the left side of the hill below the Dentelles de Montmirail. This is Gigondas.

Turn off the D-7 and follow the road up through the lower village; you will pass a succession of wine caves before you arrive at Place Gabriel Andéol where the Mairie - town hall, and the Caveau du Gigondas - wine growers cooperative, are located.

We think it is worthwhile to take the time to stroll through Gigondas and it is an essential stop if you are a lover of big red wines. If you happen to be in or near Gigondas around the time for déjeuner - lunch, we think a good choice for lunch is Du Verre a l'Assiette.

Du Verre a l'Assiette restaurant is located kitty corner across the street from the Caveau du Gigondas. The restaurant is situated on two levels; the entrance to the restaurant and open kitchen are on the street level and the small dining room is on the lower level. There is a tree-covered terrace just outside the entrance to the restaurant.

You enter the restaurant and go down a narrow flight of stairs to the small dining room and bar area with stone walls and painted concrete floors.

Wooden tables are simply set with paper place mats, silverware and nice glassware. A small dish of olives is placed on the table for nibbling while you peruse the menu.

The menu is presented to diners on a handwritten chalk board that is leaned up against the wall or nearby table. The menu is comprised of salades - salads, planches - boards with assorted charcuterie, tartines - open-face sandwiches, grillades - grilled meats, spécialités - daily specials and desserts.

I chose the entrecôte, similar to rib-eye steak for 16,50 E with mushroom sauce for a 1,00 E supplement. The entrecôte was accompanied by a mixed green salad and boiled potatoes and slices of grilled tomato, zucchini and eggplant, all on skewers.

Our friend Kari ordered the tartine du jour with sun-dried tomatoes, accompanied by a large green salad for 12,00 E.

Shirley ordered the tartine "végétarienne with artichokes and a large green salad for 12,00 E.

To accompany our meals, Shirley and I paired a glass of 2007 Domaine de la Mavette Côtes du Rhône and a glass of 2009 Domaine de la Mavette Gigondas rosé.

When we came in, we were asked where we were from. We told them about our Bistro Des Copains. Later as we were enjoying our lunch we spotted the Bistro card in the back pocket of our server. We couldn't resist the photo opportunity.

We have eaten at Du Verre a l'Assiette several times and have enjoyed each meal. Be forewarned, this is not fancy food. Food is prepared simply using very fresh ingredients; portions are large and tasty.

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