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“An Homage to fine dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Restaurant Le Ciel d'Or - CLOSED

Restaurant Le Ciel d'Or
Price range: $28 - $71
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Owner Rogier van den Biggelaar is also the Chef for the ‘Ciel d’Or’ restaurant and proposes a ‘Dégustation Unique’ formula : 5 courses freshly prepared and consisting of seasonal produce as well as local specialties with his own quirky version of each. He personally introduces his choices to his guests and comes up with the appropriate wines from his excellent wine cellar.
Fayence, France
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167 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“An Homage to fine dining”
Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stayed at the hotel. In the afternoon we wandered around Mirepoix and decided to have dinner at the Ciel d'Or. It was a wise decision. Fortunately for us it was a slow night; our booking came in between two periods when the hotel was fully booked. The chef owner came by our table early on and we were able to ask questions about two dishes that intrigued us. He was open and very helpful. He uses only fresh produce and where possible local suppliers. Try the parsley soup or the cauliflower tartare. Sign of a very skilled chef, he managed to ease the fullness of the parsley chlorophyl into a soup that was both light and very satisfying. The cauliflower tartare was simplicity itself: a sign of grand cuisine. We have the recipes..... For mains we chose duck and veal dishes. Both were excellent and the Corbieres we chose for the main dishes had a very full body despite being a young wine.. An unusual pineapple 'tarte tatin' ended a remarkable display of culinary talent. The young wait staff were classic Relais trained. Treat yourself to an adventure in fine dining. It's worth the investment. Whitebreard83

  • Visited March 2014
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Perth, Australia
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Degustation fantastique!”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Admittedly reluctant to opt for a six course meal after several days of over indulgence, we nevertheless decided to treat ourselves (again!).

Actually we needn't have worried - while there are six courses, the courses are small with the emphasis on quality over quantity. This is an epicurean experience and a delightful one at that. For those undecided, just do it - you'll be so grateful that you did, even the smaller eaters amongst you, and I count myself as one (and a picky one at that).

Our waiter spoke enough English and we just about enough French to get the important messages across. For the lactose intolerant, the meal can be adjusted. In fact for some courses, I got to enjoy something completely different from my partner even though the menu is fixed (table d'hote).

Every single course was absolutely stunning, service impeccable and we left feeling we'd had an experience the likes of which we're unlikely to see any time soon again, and possibly never in the Southern Hemisphere. The French know how to cook and how to eat...and when in France...!

Wonderful.

  • Visited December 2013
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Osage Beach, Missouri
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161 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Great find our first night in Mirepoix”
Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

We arrived in town tired and hungry and found several recommended restaurants closed or on holiday. Several open ones were not acceptable for one or another reason. Finally we found a gem. Food was amazing and service excellent. The menu included pork which my wife is not crazy about. They cheerfully switched her main course to lamb. In short it was a perfect ending to a long, fun day

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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257 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“A wonderful Sunday lunch”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

My husband and I have been to the restaurant Le Ciel D'or for lunch on Fridays having the menu of the day and enjoying every mouthful, going for Sunday lunch and the Menu Degustation Unique was even better.
At €57 (does not include wine) it may sound expensive and you can certainly find cheaper, but the menu is five courses including an Amuse Bouche and indeed a pre-Amuse Bouche so, from our point of view it is value for money. The surroundings are beautiful in this small chateau enclosed in the middle of the tiny medieval town of Mirepoix. The staff attentive and polite. The Dutch chef Rogier Van Den Biggelaar, who speaks perfect English, should be proud of himself. He could be on his way to a Michelin star. Not only doesn't he come out into the restaurant to say hello but if one asks about food and the staff do not know they go and ask and he will come out to explain every detail.
The lobster for starters was perfect, the fish course with sauce caviar superb. It carried on being delicious with the Filet de Poulet de Bresse in a butter and truffle sauce. The plate of cheese was followed by a chocolate ravioli (better than it sounds) finished the meal perfectly and I just about had room for the Petit four! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.

  • Visited August 2013
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Twickenham
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Wonderful stimulating food”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

After traipsing around Mirepoix trying to find the restaurant, it was with some relief that we eventually found ourselves outside the candle lit courtyard of the magnificent 18th century Relais Royal hotel/restaurant and realised that we could actually see the car we had parked 1 hour earlier now a mere 1 minute away!
We had been told that this was a stuffy old fashioned French restaurant, but it is nothing of the kind. It is a stylish and modern restaurant where wonderful stimulating food is served by young relaxed professional waiters in a discrete and romantic setting. Quite the opposite of what we had expected.
The Menu Dégustation (Which at €57.50 per head turns out to be very reasonable) comprised of 6 well-presented and sometimes innovative courses. Highlights include a fun Amuse-Bouche, a spine tingling Sorbet aux Tomates, Flan aux Herbes and an inventive Purée de choux Fleur.
We left happy and full and quite relieved that our car was now only a short walk away. Thank you.

  • Visited August 2013
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