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Review of Christian Etienne

Christian Etienne
Ranked #36 of 612 Restaurants in Avignon
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Set next to Avignon's magnificent Palace of the Popes, Restaurant Christian Etienne is a divine dining destination with sweeping views of the city and of the Rhone valley. Michelin-starred chef Christian Etienne is passionate about food, and his seasonal menu – themed on tomatoes in summer, truffles in winter, asparagus in spring and mushrooms in autumn – has been inspired by the kitchens of his mother and grandmothers. This is a sensational spot for meals with a view, and the food certainly lives up to the restaurant's stunning setting. Etienne's signature dish is the roasted lobster claws served with asparagus and a confit of fresh ginger root and sesame seeds, and the restaurant has a superb Cote du Rhone-led wine list.
Avignon, France
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This was obviously once extremely happening, but has that feeling of surviving on past glories........

1 Thank Guy B
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
““Average Touristic”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel concierge worker, promising a fantastic culinary experience. so we did make reservation and took a long walk from our hotel to find it, we had to ask a few people where is it exactly, its a hidden place, and quit frankly a bit spooky to look for in the dark.
I have to say that i never had a 3 hours dinner before, now i know the French like to take their time in eating and drinking wine, but between changing cutlery 8 times (we counted) and serving 8 miniature courses, 3 hours went by and we were exhausted.
We are from NYC and we are used to dine in Great restaurants, we where not impressed at all, the food was average, we found it too mild for our taste buds, my fish course was came in 2 small courses, the first was swimming in tasteless broth and the second was made with some fried vegetables that were too salty and dried, the courses had a beautiful presentation but they did not deliver bolder interesting flavors, the dessert from mexican chocolate and ice cream looked amazing but was nothing to brag about, for 165 euros without wine we expected a more professional deliverance and more memorable to our palate, i think they need to cut down on the courses and cutlery and concentrate on creating better flavors and and less costly menus.

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank Ayelet17
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London, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“An expensive disappointment”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Christian Etienne presents himself as the doyen of Provencal chefs, and our dinner at his restaurant was supposed to be the high point of our short break in Avignon. Alas, it wasn't.

When we spend this kind of money [100 euros per person], we expect, at least, consistent pleasure occasionally interrupted by ecstasy. The ecstasy was there -- the fish couse I had with the autumn set meal was stupendous and my wife was delighted with her orange-y dessert -- but too infrequent for my liking. And the consistency was not there at all. The signature dish my menu sounded fascinated: pig's trotter stuffed with marinated artichokes -- but it was utterly bland, as was the foie gras starter on the other menu. Other dishes were interesting in concept, but the result was never thrilling. The wine was as expensive as one would expect, but equally without character.

Worst of all was the service -- when I find myself reaching for the bread basket between courses of a five-course meal, I think the service is too slow. When my water and wine glasses are being ostentatiously refilled every time I take a sip, but my food is not arriving, I suspect that something is wrong in the kitchen. When the chef spends more time gladhanding the customers than he does in the kitchen -- and there is something wrong in the kitchen -- I conclude that he now thinks of himself more as a celebrity than as a craftsman.

A pity.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank Alan H
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Paris, France
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Very good but no wow”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

Nice decor, old historic building. Friendly and professional staff. My wife and I had the "Menu du Palais", a 5-course degustation menu. Good vintage Champagne served as aperitif. The first course, a foie gras poelé with a parsley cream, was really heavy and not tasty at all. We left our plates almost full. The waiter tried to offer us a replacement, but we politely declined and waited for the next dish. The second dish, sea bass with a bean sauce, was the best. It was really world class. The third dish, a waygu chuck steak, was rich and tasty, but the accompaniment, a kind of celeri pure, lacked aroma. The cheese selection was excellent. The two desserts, one with fruits and basil ice cream, the other a subtle combination of crunchy and creamy chocolate, were both extremely elegant and delicious. The selection of wines (by the glass) to go with these dishes was very good. Overall parts of this dinner were a little rustic and lacked real finesse, especially the meat dish. My feeling is that we had a dinner not really matching our expectation, and also not really worthy of a 1-star in the Michelin guide.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank MichelDubois
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Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“The Christian Etienne Experience is Superb”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

From the reservation process to the final course, the experience at Christian Etienne is superb.
The website allows you to make reservations (in French or English) and all requests are promptly replied to.

The restaurant nestled against the Palais des Papes and overlooking the square in front of the palais, is beautiful, both inside and out.

We were graciously greeted and seated in the open-air terrace and then the marvelous experience began.

We both choose the Tomato Menu which is a 7-course taste treat featuring all things tomato and also proteins that pair nicely with tomato.

After several pre-course appetizers, we were served an excellent tomato aspic in a glass jar.
Next a tomato, shallot and olive oil tartar that really showcased the fresh flavors of the region.
Also included in the tasting menu were: A strikingly beautiful plate of mozzarella with crushed vine tomatoes and snails; tender lamb Provencal-style; and goat cheese paired with candied Roma tomatoes.

The lunch ended with coffee and several desserts.

Chef Etienne greeted us during our meal and we found the staff to be professional and courteous.

The experience was very, very good. If you have a chance to dine here, you should.

  • Visited September 2012
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