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“Art Work -- but not the food”
Review of Jean-Luc Rabanel

Jean-Luc Rabanel
Ranked #30 of 266 Restaurants in Arles
Price range: $95 - $140
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
New York, NY
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“Art Work -- but not the food”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Read others to extol the creative cooking of Chef Jean-Luc. All of the dozen plus dishes were visually amazing. However, of the 18 only two brought out the primarily ingredient. All the rest were beautiful constructions, even done with a tweezers I should think, but if there was a main ingredient it was lost in the construction with 5 or 10 others. I believe that a dish, what ever it is, should sing of and extol the main ingredients. Each mouthful (or bite in this case) should be an eye rolling morsel. The two dishes that made the grade were, alas, right in the beginning during the "pre-dinner" drinks served in a beautiful anti-room. They were a beet, wonderfully steamed in a salt shell. And a carrot, coated with a touch of salt and something else and steamed(?), flash baked in a hot oven(?) to give it a wonderful, slightly crisp surface with an interior that could easily have been mistaken for a carrot mash. Both had the full flavor of the vegetable without being too intense.

Sadly on the day of my visit, there was a (farmers) market unlike any one that I have ever seen. Hundreds of stalls with fresh everything including live poultry. If the Chef had obtained some of the field fresh, in season vegetables at the market it was not in evidence.

Chef Jean-Luc loves to work the room, and introduce the wines (we had the pairing). Sadly to say the wines were the highlight of the evening. His selection of wines was eclectic, every one was interesting, special and local. I am not a fan of Cote d' Rhone, but would convert if I could obtain some of what he served.

So overall, I'd say go for the experience....there are not many artists like this, but go elsewhere for eye-rolling, mouth watering dining in Provence.

  • Visited September 2012
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“A unique evening! An adventure!”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We had the tasting menu with wine. A full 16 courses. Truth to tell, the food was delicious but a bit over the top in the sense that by the time we got to the 12th course I was desperate for the end. Just too much food....it was wonderful but more than I could fully enjoy. A once in a lifetime experience. And expensive, with wine approximately 200 euros per person. I am glad we did it but I wouldn't do it again. Next time I will have an ordinary meal and let you know how it goes.

  • Visited September 2012
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“If you like to experience new tastes eat here!”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Speechless....absolutely amazing service from when we entered the restaurant until we left, the staff were first class and attentive without being overbearing. We had a lovely evening. We went for the 13 course tasting menu with wine, amazing!!! we were not rushed, had a lovely three hour relaxed meal with knowledgeable staff attending us.

We have never had beetroot, or tomato and black olive paste in a desert before.......
We would certainly eat at this place again....

  • Visited September 2012
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“Le Bistro d'à coté- great food good price!”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

Great food at decent price and good atmosphere. You can either get the sea-food menu from "Iode" or the standard meat one from Le Bistro d'à coté" The chef is Jean-Luc Rabanel but he prices re decent and the atmosphère is typically French. It is right next to l'Atelier.

  • Visited September 2012
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“No amount of michelin stars would justify over the top arrogance or a return visit to this place”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

This was the worst experience by far on our 10 day trip, still can't believe how rude and arrogant was everyone we had to deal with at this place. Perhaps the food is good, but the unjustifiably officious 20-something petrolling the front of the house was clearly focused on anything but customer service. Having been to several 3 Michelin star restaurants in our home city and around the world we found this experience appauling and would recommend you avoid this restaurant and eat at your local pizzeria instead where you would be served in a friendly manner.

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