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“Great food in basement”
Review of L'Alcove

L'Alcove
Ranked #23 of 929 Restaurants in Aix-en-Provence
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $43
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: L'Alcôve is situated just a step from the law court of Aix en Provence in the street Constantin perpendicular of the street Mignet,possesses a welcoming terrace with a view of the church Sainte-Catherine. In a smart and relaxed frame both managers invite you to discover a French quality cuisine. Having made their weapons in France and abroad They decided to settle down in Aix. In an arched room of the 18th century with a contemporary decoration Olivier Ros, Head chef proposes you a sophisticated menu which changes as the seasons go by. While Pierre Chatelain, head waiter, will recommend you wines selected to sublimate the proposed dishes.
Reviewed June 10, 2013

The starter was fantastic and the main very good. Though the restaurant is in a basement with low ceilings and a little squashed. On a Saturday night I found it a little claustrophobic.

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Thank Marjan S
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

It was located in a small ally and it was somewhat hard to find . It has about ten tables and feel like it is in a cave. The ambiance is nice.The food is good but I wouldn't tell it is excellent. The price was reasonable.

Thank DongOh
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Cute restaurant with very friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. Very good food, with a good selection of locally sourced ingredients. Reservations are needed, and the downstairs room (while a bit closed in) is nice for the "cave" or "wine cellar" atmosphere! Would certainly go back.

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Tucked away in a small street near the Sous-Prefecture in Aix, the dining room is downstairs in the cave. Menu is limited, so that everything is fresh and tasty. The veloute of cauliflower was like eating silk. It seems that nothing is pre-salted, so the flavors of the food can be appreciated, and Camargue salt plus a pepper mill on the table provide extra seasoning, as desired. I wish every restaurant had the same approach! One area of improvement could be the presentation, creating more eye appeal to the dish. No problem getting a table at lunchtime, but reservations recommended for dinner. In good weather there will be tables in the street.

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Thank cara42
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Dinner at L’Alcove was excellent. As some TA raters noted, the entrance is very un-presupposing. But a narrow spiral staircase opens to a warm barrel-vaulted nave: cool Louis Armstrong era jazz playing softly, chic lighting, and very nice table ware held the promise of an interesting meal. The menu is short but intriguing. Smart but not cloying service was a nice start. An amuse bouse of a spicy and foamy gazpacho was a great start. My wife had the excellent raw tuna with noisettes (walnuts) topped by a parmesan cracker and capers, with a raspberry sauce on the side. I had a rich risotto with asparagus (cooked in the risotto and raw strips of asparagus on top). I had a filet of beef on polenta in a Balsamic vinegar reduction. My wife had perfectly done Coquilles St. Jacques on an excellent mashed purple potato with truffle oil. Superb. All was accompanied by a very full-bodied red wine from the Luberon. We shared the excellent mixed sorbet to finish. A very sophisticated but not fussy dinner, perhaps the best or close to it so far. All for 87 E. A very good price.

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1  Thank robin082
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