Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Saint Hubert Restaurant, Entrechaux

One evening last fall at the end of a gray day, wife Shirley and I headed to Entrechaux to eat in a restaurant where I had enjoyed a nice meal but Shirley had never been. Saint Hubert Restaurant is located in the village of Entrechaux about 20 minutes from Sablet 7 kms southeast of Vaison-la-Romaine.

Entrechaux is overlooked by the ruins of its feudal castle perched at the top of the village. Today Entrechaux is a peaceful village whose main activity is agriculture growing cherries, melons, apricots and grapes. There are several restaurants including Saint Hubert Restaurant located in the village.

As we arrived in Entrechaux, it began to sprinkle to the point where I had to turn on the windshield wipers. When we got out of the car, we could see diners seated at tables on the terrace. After being reassured by madame that we would be fine on the terrace in spite of the sprinkles, we were seated at a small table.

Saint Hubert has been operated by four generations of the same family since 1929. In addition to the terrace, there are two dining rooms which are used during the winter and inclement weather. I guess sprinkles don't qualify as inclement weather at Saint Hubert Restaurant.

We chose a bottle of 2007 Château Saint Estève d'Uchaux Côtes du Rhône for 10,00 Euros to accompany our meal.

Seated under the thick canopy of wisteria, we could hear the rain falling but didn't feel any drops. While we looked over the menu, we enjoyed the refreshing amuse bouche of tomato gazpacho with basil cream.

For my entrée - starter I chose Girolles Persillées - sauteed mushrooms with onions, garlic and parsley.

Shirley chose Crumble de Fromage de Chèvre a la Tapenade Verte - a delicious starter with eggplant and tomatoes topped with goat cheese and bread crumbs.

It was accompanied by a green salad with a creamy vinaigrette.

For her main course, Shirley chose Filet de Saumon en Habit Craquant - fillet of salmon baked in phyllo dough.

I chose Marmite de Coquilles St Jacques en Sauce Safranée - scallops in a tasty creamy saffron sauce.

Both main courses were accompanied by Parmesan risotto and carrot purée.

Before desserts, we enjoyed a cheese plate with Reblochon, Roquefort, chèvre, and Tomme de Savoie. For dessert, we chose an assortment of ice creams and sorbets accompanied by green grapes

and chocolate soufflé with a red berry sauce.

Reservations are definitely recommended. A couple arrived without reservations at the same time we did and were turned away with "nous sommes complet" - we're full despite the fact that several tables did not have diners.

We will definitely return sprinkles or not! The food was very good and moderately priced at 26,50 and 38,00 Euros for our four courses. Bonne journée et a bientôt.


  1. Gee, I'm so glad I ate that bologna sandwich right before reading this post.

  2. Gosh, what a feast! But what appeals to me most is the CHEESES and then that beautiful selection of ice creams! Mmmmmm.

  3. Wow, you guys are living the good life! :) You might find it entertaining to read about my experience, the opposite situation of yours.


  4. That looks good! I always wonder why restaurants utrn away people when one can see empty tables. Maybe it's about how much food they have prepared for the evening...

  5. All the dishes look so good!!!

  6. Pepe Le Pew - Thanks for checking in on my blog. I appreciate it very much.

    A Seasonal Coook in Turkey - It was all very good and yes the cheese selections were wonderful. We will definitely return.

    Modern Viking Vixen - Thanks for checking in on my blog. I appreciate it very much. Not sure about the good life, but we are very fortunate. I will definitely check out your blog.

    Meredith - You are probably right but I also think that there is a mentality in France based upon my conversation with restaurateurs that you only do one turn on the seats, you don't try to do multiple turn in seats except in Paris where that is becoming more the norm. In the US, we try to get two and three turns if possible.

    Marie - The food was very good and it was especially nice the sprinkles didn't disrupt our meal.

  7. Looks (& sounds) delicious! And I would considerate the price very reasonable for that spread - wow. And also tres romantique with that light sprinkling of rain :) How fun!