I have been to the Provence many times, and last August we decided to go there again in order to attend a few concerts at the piano festival of La Roque d'Anthéron. We wanted to spend one of the evenings with two friends of ours in a nice restaurant of the region, and after consulting the Michelin guide we settled on La Table de Ventabren which has one Michelin star and many positive reviews on TA and elsewhere.
Ventabren is one of those charming Provence villages and is situated on a hill about 30 minutes away from Aix-en-Provence. It's not that easy to find without a GPS, but once there you are compensated by the idyllic setting and the gorgeous view onto the surrounding landscape. There is also a parking lot just about 100 meters from the restaurant (the parking lot is indicated with signs).
Booking was very easy (by e-mail), but as we had booked a bit late, we were not able to have a table outside on their terrace (from where you have an excellent view). However, the atmosphere inside the restaurant is also really nice, as it's one of these charming old Provence buildings with rough stone walls inside, which fits surprisingly well with the modern table settings. We very very comfortable there, and the atmosphere was absolutely lovely.
We all chose a menu ("Plaisir") with four dishes, set at just a bit over 50 EUR which I found an excellent value for money. Each dish was a pleasure to savour, marvelously prepared and very nicely presented. Although all dishes were fabulous, the dessert - a signature dish named Chococho and which is a lukewarm mousse au chocolat - is still engraved in my memory as particularly good.
The staff also was very friendly, attentive and efficient and we felt quite welcome and well-served during the whole evening.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this place and would not hesitate a second to go there again - the food is simply great and (in particular compared to some tourist traps in Aix-en-Provence) it's not even that expensive.
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