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“2nd time best”

Oustau de Baumaniere
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Jean-André Charial joined his grandfather Raymond Thuilier in 1969, at the tender age of 24 and then training with some of the greatest French chefs of the time, including Troisgros, Chapel, Haeberlin, Giradet and Bocuse. A passionate and generous man, Jean-André Charial favours a classic style of cuisine, rooted in the soil of Provence, showcasing local produce, where garnishes do not hide the essential nature of any dish. He believes in having l'Oustau de Baumanière, his 2 Michelin stars restaurant evolve with the times, by modernizing its menu, while still respecting
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Being regulars at the second restaurant of the group down the road, a previous trip to the 2* Ousteau ( altough it still clearly breathes of its previous grandeur and 3*) had been mildly disappointing in terms of value. The mistake was to go for the "classics" as it is just a trip through what French cuisine was like at its best in the days where the Queen Elizabeth II used to go there for lunch. You really have to go for the tasting menu of contemporary stuffs to get a food that can rival the best modern chefs in Europe but in a setting and an atmosphere that is just almost impossible to beat : eating al fresco, surrounded by a very good but uninvading staff, a great sommelier and that unbeatable feeling of being in a top rated french restaurant. Total for 2 was "reasonable" as the wine menu is diversified enough there is no shame in going for a good rose wine with your entire meal and the "local" water will not cost you and the planet anywhere near what some much lower rated restaurants will charge you for an imported tap water.

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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Excellent food with superb raw material. Nice place. Highly recommended the traditional menu. A good experience in a historic location.

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Reviewed August 22, 2013

It is located near Chateau de Baux, the restaurant is set on the terrace as part of the hotel. We tried the set menu. The ambiance, the service, the menu choices, the food, the wine... everything is perfect. It was really meet our expectation as one of the famous legendary Relais&Chateaux restaurant.

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Reviewed August 20, 2013

An exceptional restaurant. Definitely deserves a third Michelin star.
Beautiful location and great atmosphere, though the service might be too good some times (a bit uptight).
A wine list as long as novel and prices as long as an area codes.
The menu presents excellent options (to say the least) including a vegetarian one.
The food is sublime. Each course is completely different but equally tasteful.
Impeccable dining experience.

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

My wife and I had dinner here in July. Everything with one exception was perfect. I couldn't imagine a more beautiful setting. We had an aperitif on a terrace by the pool overlooking the valley below in the distance. The hors d'ouevres were excellent, and the setting and the moment had a soothing effect I associate with life in the Midi. Then dinner outside under the copious branches of a large tree. The service was -- as one would expect in a restaurant like this -- attentive without being over-bearing. Without going into too much detail, I'll simply say that both the appetizer and the main dish (a "loup" simply cooked) were exquisite, but I was most surprised by the desert, particularly a crepe that was fantastic, accompanied by an excellent Beaumes de Venise. My one reservation concerns the sommelier. The wine list is encyclopedic with every possible variety and a great range of prices. He was of zero help in negotiating it, and by that I mean making suggestions of any kind. Odd that such an excellent restaurant would employ in one of its most significant roles a man who seemed indifferent to the task. Nevertheless, this flaw wasn't enough to mar what was a wonderful evening, one we will not forget.

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Thank Peter L
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Jean André C, Propriétaire at Oustau de Baumaniere, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2014

I am very happy you had a superb dining experience in l'Oustau de Baumanière, thank you for sharing your opinion. I am surprised by your comment about the sommelier, maybe it was a day when our head sommelier was off because he is a passionated and talented man who has been working for many years with us.
Jean-André Charial

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