Great food, nice outdoor dinning and an eclectic owner.
We were staying in St. Remy for a week as part of our two-year around-the-world expedition and enjoyed several of the local restaurants. We came across Lezards purely by chance and were drawn in by the crowd (it was packed) and funky decor.
I am not fluent in French, but I do respect that I am visiting a country that does not speak english as its official language. As a result, I have an app on my phone that I use to help translate the menu and I make every effort to order in French, greet the servers in French and ask for additional service in French - they appreciate the effort. The same applied at Lezards and the owner came over to say hello and ask if we had any questions (he spoke perfect english). We made our order and THEN - the monster (and very raw) burgers were served to the table next to us. I had to try one and asked to change my order to the burger (I had been eating traditional French food all week and something different sounded fun). The owner graciously accommodated my change and even warned the burger was raw.
We enjoyed a bottle of wonderful Rose and chatted with the patrons next to us. The food arrived and was excellent. My burger was a monster and I barely finished half. My wife enjoyed an asian fusion dish.
Here is a little travel tip for my fellow Americans: When you are visiting another country, make an effort to learn their language, if even just a few simple phrases. Say hello in French, thank them in French. Apologize for not speaking French and ask them if they speak English (this is a simple phrase to learn and will do wonders). You will be amazed at how much less 'impolite', 'rude' and full of 'attitude' the French will seem after you make an attempt to speak their language. You are a guest in their country, act accordingly. The 'ugly american' traveller is often deserved, but doesn't have to be.
Oh, and for a little aperitif, they brought out these incredible olives in a garlic and fennel sauce. I would fly all the way back to France just for that alone - maybe I will.
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