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“Small but Perfectly Formed”
Review of La Petite Cave - CLOSED

La Petite Cave
Price range: $48 - $72
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Reservations
Description: This perched village overlooks the entire Calavon valley. In a 12th century cellar that belongs to the old fortifications a secret address is waiting, open evenings only from Easter to November. Andrew Goldsby, young British chef who trained with Raymond Blanc in Oxford, spent three years renovating the vaulted room, and has created a truly romantic atmosphere. His cooking is equally impeccable. Red pepper baked with crab; pink grapefruit and red beetroot; quail eggs and mango salsa; pork filet, white beans, chickpeas, artichoke barigoule and girolles; sandy biscuit with raspberry and banana, passion fruit coulis, and Bourbon vanilla... Is good work in high relief - original flavor marriages, exotic and spicy notes, exuberant colors, refined presentation.
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We had lunch here and then dinner a few days later during our recent stay in Provence. This is a tiny cafe with just a waitress and a seriously good young cook in a little square in historic Saignon. They have a limited menu with just a couple of plats that change daily. We had salads for lunch but came back for something more substantial when we had dinner and weren't disappointed - delicious. The setting is lovely too.

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1  Thank 719davidg
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

La Petite Cave is closed for the season-- but the good news is Lé Petite Café which opened a month ago just up the street on Place de L' Horloge in Saignon.Same award- winning owner and chef of the Cave -- Andrew Goldsby, has dreamed-up another creative but simplified menu served in very handsome new space that he designed...again in a lovely old building. He's serving Tapas, salads, superb wraps accompanied by tasty home made frites...that's very rare! Charcuterie plates, and there's a menu du jour-- and the chef is very pleased that he can serve vegetables from Le Cafés own garden. We were sitting next to a family of Norwegians the other afternoon and overheard them tell the server that this was their third visit, and the restaurant they enjoyed the most while in the Luberon. I'll second that! Le Cafés cuisine is fresh, imaginative and artisanal...and the settings charming. It's an incredible value too! Nothing else like it the Luberon
...or Provence for that matter.
We'll go back again...and again.
Take a bow Andrew!

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Thank Bil T
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

I was in Saignon today looking for La Petite Cave and found it had moved a smidge and is now called "Le Petit Cafe". I sat outside and had lunch. It is lovely and charming and I had a wonderful
Mediterean vegetable dish and some delicious potatoes. What stood out for me was the fresh flavor that was accented with both a pungent yet light sauce. I am definitely going back as I observed tapas and salads that others had and they too looked like artistic arrangements of fresh
aromatic fish, vegetables and tapas. I hope it does not get too popular as it is tiny and I want it to
be my go to place

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Thank Marijane M
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

La Petite Cave is closed and the building is for sale. Andrew has moved on to a little café nearby called Le Petit Café.

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Thank MosLyn
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

We came here on trip advisor recommendation. So far everything checked out so we were excited about this place since it had good reviews. Firstly we made reservations and then arrived at restaurant. My husband walks in followed by another European couple. The waiter/ owner walks straight past my husband and attends to other couple then turns around and say to us that they are full. My husband is asian - did we experience racism ill let you decide. We then explain to him that we have reservation- he reluctantly seats us. After entree came out I asked him politely if he could explain the dish again - he said "NO TIME". I turn around 2 mins later he was chatting to table behind us (in French). The restaurant had total of 4 tables at that time. It's ridiculous that he doesn't have time to explain dish. Additionally he chose only to speak to my husband and not me. We had been in France fr 5th day and this was the first encounter of such rudeness. Oh and btw - entree was ordinary. Main - beef stew was dry and chewy. Not worthy it!!! Don't go

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4  Thank skippyoz
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