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La Gloire de mon Pere
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Ranked #2 of 7 Restaurants in Seillans
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Provencal post card with the terrasse set up around the fontain in the shade from the old planes trees.
Reviewed September 7, 2012

We set out to eat at Le Relais D'Olea, with this as back-up should Le Relais be full. We followed signs to it, but the Place du Thouron had only one restaurant - with two frontages. La Gloire had taken over Le Relais.

Eating in the Place du Thouron is just like being the middle of a set at the Olivier (National Theatre, London). There is the restored fountain in the middle - four spouts falling into buckets of roses. Huge plane trees form a canopy high over your head. Three "roads" - all cobbled and too narrow for modern traffic, and two sets of steps lead into the square from different angles, up and down. The old lavoir is gently illuminated near the fountain. Tables that must seat around a hundred fill the space and the place fills with a gentle hubbub of voices all enjoying the evening...

... but hardly any are French. That tells you a lot about the place. The food doesn't quite reach average. Perhaps it has fallen off with the lack of competition? The service is efficient and friendly and the prices OK.

It could be our choices of food from the 39 euro menu - but serving a pair of roasted tomatoes with every dish lacks imagination. I had a good maigret du canard - but six indifferent vegetables killed much of the pleasure.

What did look good - served at other tables - was the steak - frites from la carte. Just have that and a coffee (the deserts were a disappointment too) and you'll probably have agreat evening.

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2  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

Ate here last Saturday and would highly recommend. Attentive staff and lovely food. Location is spot on for those who want a traditional French setting.

Not that expensive as other reviews suggest. They have a €29 or €39 set menu that is 3 course and changes monthly. Wine starts from €15.

It is busy in high season so if you want a quiet uninterrupted meal this may not appeal. Parking is also limited and it's a popular spot for mosquito's. But I personally overlook these to give this place 5 out of 5.

Will be coming here again when we next visit!

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1  Thank DamonB84
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Reviewed August 22, 2012

Typical atmosphere from provence one century ago in the center of the village under the shade of 200 years old tries. Quality of the meal is typical and very good. Service is friendly and relax.

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2  Thank awin188644
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

I won't try to out-do the previous reporters who have used up all the appropriate epithets to describe the location of this restaurant. It does have everything going for it. The village itself (Seillan) is beautiful in a typical French laid-back style. The restaurant itself is located in a small square surrounded by pretty provencal style houses and covered by plane trees. In the centre of this space is a babbling fountain which just about completes everything needed for the perfect ambiance.

In terms of comfort the chairs are only average but I suppose they have to live outside all year so there is only so much one can do. And the surface is cobbled and slightly sloping so that it's a bit hard to keep the tables and chairs on the level. But this is nit-picking. Most people will be justifyably delighted with the location, comfort and ambiance, especially on a warm summers evening.

What about the food then? Well, it's good but not excellent. And when things get busy, as they do in the high season, it can take a while to get served. But most people will let this go because it's such a nice place to sit and watch the world go by. Cost? We purchased three 3 course meals and a bottle of local Rose for about 180 Euros [August 2012] which isn't too bad, not cheap by any means, but not bad. If you are looking for bargain basement you are in the wrong shop! The wine list is typical of the region's restaurants, a reasonable selection of wines dominated by local producers - and why not? We tried a bottle of Rose from a local vinyard and it was fine and sensibly priced.

Watch out for the parking situation. This is a small village with narrow streets and parking is at a premium. There is no actual parking for restaurant itself (the location doesn't lend itself to that) but there are local places you can park and walk to the restaurant. But if you turn up at 8pm on a summers evening in August you might just struggle to park your car nearby.

Remember to protect yourself from the annoying insects that also inhabit this restaurant as they get a free meal out of the customers. Be prepared - spray yourself with industrial-strength anti-mosquito stuff.

All in all we like this restaurant a lot but when shopping around also consider the Des Deux Rocs (just round the corner). It has an equally fine location (including a wider view), slightly better food (I would say) but can be more expensive.

You pays your money you takes your choice. We like both in different ways.

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1  Thank CaptainBlack-UK
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

This place is wonderful. Absolutely wonderful. The setting is beautiful, in an ancient village square, next to a gurgling fountain, shaded by trees. The service is outstandingly good. The food is what you would expect from Guide Michelin standard - by definition comfortably excellent. It really is worth going. From memory, I think the 3-course menu is 29 Euros, so with wine etc you are probably looking at 40 Euros a head but it is worth it. It really is worth it. Every time I go to the area, I make a point of eating here. It only ever gets better.

Last time, I had the most amazing stuffed aubergine starter, with tomatoes which was delicious in every way. The main was a delightful lamb shank, with a potato and mushroom mash and the pudding a chocolate mousse. I remember every morsel and it's over a month since I went there.

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1  Thank Sarah T
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