Saturday, April 30, 2011

La Farigoule, Sainte Cécile les Vignes

As I mentioned in my previous post, we knew Sainte Cécile les Vignes for two of the restaurants in the village. As you know by now, good food is one of my passions in life so we are always looking for good places to eat.

We had tried many times to go eat at La Farigoule, a restaurant located on the main street of Sainte Cécile les Vignes but never succeeded because it was either closed for fermeture annuelle - annual closing, fermeture hebdomadaire - weekly closing or complet - fully reserved.

So after tasting wine at several domaines in Rasteau one morning, it was getting close to noon and time for déjeuner - lunch, I decided I would try again to eat at La Farigoule. This time I was successful; they were open and they were not full.

As I said, La Farigoule is located on the main street of Sainte Cécile les Vignes and there is small terrace for outdoor dining along the street. La Farigoule is a hotel and restaurant.

The day was very gray and cool and it was way too early in the season for outdoor dining so I entered the front door into the pretty dining room with adjoining bar.

I was seated at a linen covered table along the wall with a view of the entire dining room. In addition to the printed menu, there was a menu ardoise - blackboard menu, with the chef's lunch menu for that day.

I chose the four course Sélection du Terroir from the printed menu for 29,00 Euros and a glass of local rosé wine. Very unusual from our experience in the South of France, there was no amuse bouche brought to the table to nibble on while I waited for my entrée - starter.

For my entrée - starter, I chose gratinéed moules with velouté de légumes -gratinéed mussels with vegetable soup.

For my plat - main course, I chose braised chicken with a herb flan and balsamic braised fennel and mashed potatoes.

After my plat, I was brought a plate with greens dressed with vinaigrette and a round of fresh goat cheese.

For dessert, I decided on molten chocolate cake with a little pot of crème anglaise accompanied by a scoop of honey milk ice cream.

The food was simply prepared but very tasty and service was warm and attentive. I will definitely return with Shirley on one of our future visits to Sablet.

Bon appétit et à bientôt. 


  1. What a lovely meal. This is my first visit to your site and I've had a grand time exploring and poking about. You've created an interesting spot for your readers to visit and I've really enjoyed the time I've spent here. I'll definitely be back.
    I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  2. I love Rasteau, and your meal sounds delicious!

  3. La Farigoule looks lovely, and you're right, what a pretty dining room! Will add this to our list of restos to try - thanks for this nice review et bon weekend!

  4. Mary - Thanks so much for checking in on my blog. I really appreciate it. I will keep doing my best to make it a worthwhile stop for you.

    Camille - It was an excellent meal and the wines in Rasteau are really good. Rasteau has just been elevated to AOC status.

    Tuula - Bonjour. You need to make a visit to the Northern Vaucluse; definitely worthwhile as there are quite a few good restaurants and wineries too. Bon weekend to you too.