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“Extraordinary restaurant in winecellar”
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L'Eloge
Price range: $22 - $48
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Un monde de contraste Industriel et intime, monde souterrain et ambiance oisive, le restaurant situe dans l'ancien chai, au coeur de la cave des Vignerons de Caractere, reunit deux univers qui se confrontent en harmonie. Riche de 50 ans d'histoire, les architectes ont preserve le lieu, en gardant la structure brute avec tout ce qu'elle represente de rudesse et d'industriel. L'ensemble a ete habille d'un decor raffine compose de loges circulaires et rectangulaires representant les anciennes cuves de vinification qui presidaient en leurs temps. C'est dans ce cocon hors du temps que les Vignerons de Caractere offrent une cuisine gourmande et contemporaine sublimant les produits regionaux comme l'Epautre du Mont Ventoux, la Caillette, les Tapenades, ... La formule magique du Chef ! Une cuisine subtile aux delicats melanges pour mettre en valeur les couleurs et la richesse d'une gastronomie francaise inventive et authentique !
Reviewed June 30, 2011

Our first visited to l'Eloge. It's also surprising, in so many ways. Rist something about the location. The first impression is 'wow where am I' . It's a complete different concept. The restaurant is in the winecellar and has got a very specific interior. The tables are all in a modern 'bedouin tent' (I think that's the best description) . In L'Eloge the vast space is divided by gauzy curtains, creating cubicles.
The food is very good and the wine list is perfect. The only dissapointing thing for this restaurant is that you can't have lunch / dinner outside.

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3  Thank Grossnickel
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

I first visited l'Eloge in September 2010 but didn't write about it, unsure what I would say; after a recent return visit I now feel able to say that it's very good. It's also surprising, in so many ways. The food to begin with: there's a limited range of choices, but not too limited; I could have eaten there twice in a week on both occasions (and the menu had changed between Sept and June to match the seasons). There's a real sense of a chef at home with his ingredients and his kitchen; my lamb was beautiful, with real taste. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of what is on offer: you eat Michelin style food here without breaking the bank (we spent around £75 for a three course lunch for two, with wine). So there is one surprise: in a country where restaurant prices seem to be rising there is good value to be found. However, the real surprises are in the location, setting and style of this restaurant.

It's attached to the wine co-operative, which is maybe not where you'd expect to find it (although they began a trend for this a little way down the road at Beaumes de Venise). You enter through a air-lock, or so it seems: doors that slide open, allowing you into an inner compartment, then close, before a second set of doors allow you access to the chamber. Very Dr Who. Very necessary, they assured me: protection from the Mistral.

And what a chamber. In many ways this defies the concept of restaurants. Restaurants are about eating with other people, seeing what comes to their tables, catching words from their conversations... L'Eloge is a restaurant for lovers, seeking solitude; maybe even for that illicit relationship... In L'Eloge the vast space is divided by gauzy curtains, creating cubicles. Think of a sheik's boudoir. Then think again, because it's not quite like that... To be fair, some of the cubicles contain three tables, so you may well eat with others, but if you book in advance you may well get a space of your own... It's a flexible layout, with the ability to open it up and close it down, and somehow it works, even becomes a little magical; you certainly feel transoprted from the dusty car park outside. Finding the loos can be fun!

I'd go back. Like a shot. Not least because the food is so good... and the wine list is perfectly okay and even very good value if you stick to the co-operative's wines (which aren't bad). But I'd go back to surprise guests or to have fun... So well done to Vacquyras: you have had a fair go at redefining eating out. And in such an unlikely place!

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3  Thank MontrachetJ
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Reviewed October 1, 2014
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Reviewed September 29, 2014
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