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“Don't miss this gem, hidden below ground! Well worth the descent.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant de l'Horloge

Restaurant de l'Horloge
55, rue Leonce Brieugne, 84160 Cucuron, France
33-490771274
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Ranked #4 of 13 Restaurants in Cucuron
Price range: $32 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Restaurant semi gastronomique, le chef Ludovic Rivera vous propose une cuisine fraiche et inventive dans un ancien pressoir a l'huile d'olive du XIVeme siecle
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Don't miss this gem, hidden below ground! Well worth the descent.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

There are 3 main restaurants in Cucuron. We chose this one because it was in the middle price range of the 3 and had a very imaginative looking menu. We were not disappointed in our choice. This restaurant may not have the street side location of the other 2, being located in large, old cellars, but it still had a lovely atmosphere and I would definitely go for the food over the street setting every time. The waiter was friendly and knowledgeable about the wine list and very happy to recommend local wines to go with our food choices, as well as a local aperitif. We went for the most expensive menu, but it was excellent value as there were complimentary 'nibbles' with our aperitif, starter, main, cheese and dessert. Moreover, the latter two were 'showcase' selection of cheeses and desserts. For starters we had cod/trout fish pate and foie gras; main we both chose guinea fowl. The food was outstanding for each course and beautifully presented with small, additional garnishes which added twists to the flavours and enhanced the overall experience.
Couldn't recommend it more highly and suggest you give the other 2 a miss in favour of this place first.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Lovely Provencal Flavours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We had three lovely meals on our recent visit to this restaurant housed in a 14C oil press, particularly enjoying the foie-gras starter and lamb main. This is good, simple and tasty Provencal cuisine. The young chef owner (new in 2011) has good experience in some of the better local restaurants and he and his partner looked after us well. We will look to return on our next trip.

Do not be put-off by the views through the window into the restaurant from the road – this needs significantly smartening-up in time to encourage passing potential diners – as the restaurant is based in the beautiful ancient cave on the level below the entrance(s).

Visited September 2013
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Mount Pearl, Canada
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Worth the detour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Outstanding experience.
Very accomodating.
The taste of the food was sublime.
Great 3 course meal at very good value.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cornwall
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“A good gastro-pub meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Things were quiet on a Sunday night with only three tables taken. That fact and the surprising purple decor made us fear the worst.

We need not have worried as the food was surprisingly good. We had hot foie gras in a sweet chestnut soup, a stew of sole with saffron, truffled pigeon, an assortment of cheeses and a pineapple pudding for which we paid a bit over 40 euros. With the exception of the pudding, I thought that the other courses were well above the standard of a gastro-pub.

I notice that some of the French reviews have been uncomplimentary to the extent that I feel they must have eaten elsewhere.

Visited April 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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63 restaurant reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Height of Mediocrity, Just Blah”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

Not good. Not bad. Not tasty. Not unpleasant. Not cosy. Not romantic. Just blah. The menu was touristic with the usual suspects of offerings. The presentations were okay. Not sensational, but with some effort. Starter, Tomato Tarte, was the best course. Main, Veal Millefeuille, was okay, rather like a shwarma, a pile of thin sliced veal reheated and then drowned in a brown sauce. Creme Brulee was a travesty. Overcooked, tasteless and so bad we took two bites and pushed it away. We fled to a cafe for coffee.

Nothing to recommend this place. Avoid. Travel on 5km to Lourmarin where there are lots of good restaurants with lovely gardens, terraces or interiors.

  • Visited August 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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