Monday, July 22, 2013

Côteaux et Fourchettes, a Wonderful Place to Dine in the Northern Vaucluse

After wandering around Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes and loading our basket with fruits and vegetables at the "marché" I told you about here, it was time for "déjeuner" (lunch). Seeing table after table piled with ripe fruits and vegetables, olives, sausages, meat and fish, and smelling chicken and pork roasting on spits and big pans of paella redolent of saffron makes you hungry.

So we headed back to Sablet by way of the village of Cairanne to see if we could get seated without a reservation at Côteaux et Fourchettes, a restaurant designated a Bib Gourmand (“Inspectors' Favorites for Good Value") in the 2013 Michelin Guide. Bib Gourmand "Restos" offer a three-course meal (starter, main course and dessert) for €31 or less. But I digress.

Cairanne is a small village in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône wine country about 8 kms northwest of Sablet. The newer part of Cairanne is below the old village on a low hilltop with great views across the landscape of fields and vineyards and tiny villages and the Dentelles de Montmirail in the distance.


Côteaux et Fourchettes restaurant is located south of Cairanne at the roundabout where the D975 and D8 intersect in an area surrounded by a sea of vineyards that stretch across the Plan de Dieu. Côteaux et Fourchettes is both a restaurant and wine store that sells wines on the restaurant's 250 bottle wine list at producer prices. The chef is Cyril Glémot.

Côteaux et Fourchettes Restaurant

We were offered the last table in the cool, understated dining room. Large sliding doors connect to an outside dining area with tables set amongst trees and shrubs.

Côteaux et Fourchettes Dining Room

Chef Glémot offers two fixed-price menus: Côteaux and Fourchette. We chose the three-course Côteaux menu for €31 and a bottle of 2010 Domaine la Soumade Rasteau.

Wine Selection

To warm up our appetites, as if we needed any help, the chef sent out shot glasses of chilled Heart of Beef Tomato Soup with Brousse de Brebis Fromage for amuse bouche.

Chilled Heart of Beef Tomato Soup with Brousse de Brebis Fromage

Shirley eats fish but no seafood, poultry or meat. There were no fish or vegetarian options for starter that day, so the chef prepared an arugula and cherry tomato salad for her.

Arugula Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

It is now illegal to produce or sell foie gras in California so I choose it almost every time I get a chance in Provence. Chef Glémot offered Foie Gras with Pineapple Ginger Marmalade that day as one of the starter options, one of the best preparations I have had in a long time.

Foie Gras with Pineapple Ginger Marmalade

For main course, Shirley chose the Pan-roasted Daurade over Quinoa with Fava Beans and Carrots.

Pan-roasted Daurade over Quinoa with Fava Beans and Carrots

I chose the 1/2 Roasted Pigeon over Sautéed Red Cabbage with Asparagus, Red Pepper and Saffron Clafoutis.

1/2 Roasted Pigeon over Sautéed Red Cabbage with Asparagus, Red Pepper and Saffron Clafoutis

To finish, I chose the Chocolate Mousse in a Tuile with Grillot Sorbet.

Chocolate Mousse in Tuile with Grillot Sorbet

Shirley chose the Plate of Cheese from Josiane Deal with two cheeses made from goats milk, two from sheep's milk and two from cow's milk.

Cheese Plate from Josiane Deal with Duos of Cheese Made From Goat, Sheep and Cows' Milk

If your live or visit the Northern Vaucluse and are looking for a very good place to eat, you should not hesitate to go to Côteaux et Fourchettes.

Côteaux et Fourchettes
Croisement de la Couronçonne
84290 Cairanne
04 90 66 35 99

Bonne journée mes amis et à bientôt.


  1. Every time I go there I eat their wonderful pigeon. Yum!

  2. We miss foie gras from California also! I wonder if there is anywhere else in the U.S. we can get it? You remind us to enjoy it in France, when we can!

  3. I stop by every time I'm in Provence and also take guests there, the food is superb!

  4. Wow! The food looks incredible! And bonus... I love Cairanne wines so this is one village, I definitely need to check out :)

  5. Barbara - We really like the restaurant and in fact ate there three times while we were there this time.

    Kathy - Nice to hear from you. To my knowledge, the only place in the US that makes Foie Gras now that the operation in Sonoma California has been put out of business is the Hudson Valley in New York.

    Nikki - Thanks for stopping by to visit my blog and for leaving a comment. I appreciate this very much. I agree with you about Coteaux et Fourchettes; the food is superb.

    Sara - A marvelous combination. When you decide to come, please let me know so we can meet up with you and Gregory.

  6. Great post about a wonderful restaurant. We're lucky that you were willing to eat there again with us - we simply loved the entire experience! I agree with Barbara - the pigeon was wonderful!

  7. Greg, Jennifer and Julia - Glad we could dine with you at this wonderful restaurant. Thank you Bruno and Sylvie.

  8. Yum, this place looks incredible, can't wait to check it out. Your recommendations are always spot-on!

  9. This looks wonderful! We may well be in Vaison this fall, so will keep it in mind. Oh, how I miss Provence!!!

  10. mmmm a mouth watering post. have a good week. Diane

  11. Tuula - When you get up our way you will have to plan to eat here. It is definitely worth its Bib Gourmand designation as it is great food for a moderate price in my opinion.

    An Eye for Detail - Depending upon when you are in Vaison, maybe we can hook up. We will be there for a few weeks then too.

    Diane - You need to plan a trip to Provence now that you have made it to Southwest France and Spain.