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“Essential detour”

Restaurant L'Essentiel
Ranked #9 of 592 Restaurants in Avignon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Montepulciano, Italy
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20 reviews
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“Essential detour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

After missing dinner at a fantastic restaurant in Gignac the night before due to a lovely bout of gastro over the Christmas period I was finally feeling hungry for a nice meal so we decided to make a short detour to Avignon on the way back to Italy. After buying some wines in a little wine shop just off the main street we asked the man working there if he had any recommendations for somewhere to have lunch and l'Essentiel was one of them and just around the corner. We had a look in, the place was buzzing, and were able to get a table without any problems. Dominique greeted us so nicely even though I still wasn't feeling well and was dressed quite casually as we were going to be driving all day. As we didn't have much time we just chose 1 dish each from the menu, sea bass fillet on a creamy parsnip mash and chicken breast supreme for my husband. We were told there would be a small wait and then out came an amuse bouche of Jerusalem artichoke soup with a dollop of egg whites. Absolutely suberb, I could have had a whole bowl of that! When the main course came out my husband's came first and I had to wait a little while but it was obvious that the staff were aware and they came and apologised. The meals were absolutely delicious, my husband was especially impressed as he usually never orders chicken in restaurants but it was so tender and juicy. The fish was cooked perfectly with crunchy skin and creamy mash. Perfect way to have fish in winter.
With a bottle of sparkling water and a glass of wine for my husband the bill came to €50. I also think that the set menus are great value, one was 30-something and the other 40-something euros.
Next time I'm in Avignon I would definitely go back and test out one of the set menus.

Visited December 2013
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  • Dutch first
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Paris, France
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Essential dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

We stayed for six weeks in avignon and tried many of the best restaurants. L'Essentiel was by far our favourite and we visited it for both lunch and dinner on four occasions. I would repeat many of the reviews but truly the food was incredible and the staff lovely. Ask Dominique for wine selections! Usually we would select our own and generally a champagne aperitif and then a bottle that matches our main course; however when we drank wine by the glass matched with our meals it was just perfect. L'Essentiel is one of the many attractions that will bring us back to Avignon.

  • Visited November 2013
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State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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“Superb in Every Way”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Tucked away in a side street near the Palace of the Popes is a special restaurant that does everything right. The decor is beautiful, the food is perfection, wine pairings are excellent, and the service is spectacular. This has to be the very best restaurant in Avignon.

  • Visited December 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“They're number one! They're number one !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Went to several restaurants in Avignon and L'Essentiel was the best being superior to much higher priced restaurants. The service was very friendly, they speak English for us language challenged N Americans. We had filet of sea bream and also a chicken entree. The chicken had the texture of chilean sea bass ( they said it was slow roasted and it must have been brined) The The regional Wine (2010 Rigot was wonderful). L'Essentiel is not inexpensive but still a great value.

  • Visited November 2013
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“Excellent food, Outstanding service.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2013

One of the best restaurants in Avignon. The dishes are presented very nicely. The food is outstanding. Wine recommendations are spot on. I would definitely go back again.

  • Visited October 2013
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