Enjoyed lunch at this restaurant during my June 2011 visit with my mother and young son. Fontaine de Vaucluse is one of my favorite towns in Provence and this was my second visit but my first experience at Lou Fanau.
We had the good sense to reserve a table before we hiked up to the top of the springs. When we returned around 1:00pm, ours was the last table in a packed restaurant.
The food was great! I ordered the Trout Meuniere and it was superb! A complete fish was presented with PLENTY of toasted sliced almonds and it was not swimming in butter. Be forewarned the fish was not de-boned, but the skin nice and toasted. It was a very delicate dish served with a small side of ratatouille. My mother ordered the Grilled Dorade with a lovely cream sauce that was equally delicious. My young son had the Steak Hache (Hamburger) with Pate (pasta). It was a stupendous burger patty (no bun, yay!) cooked to perfection and served with buttered linguine (it was one of the dishes off the kids' menu).
For desert both my mother and I ordered the Nougat Glace and my son had two scoops of glace (ice-cream) which included on his menu order.
The service is not fast, nor should it be. This is France and there is only two waiters, so be prepared if you're used to fast American service. I prefer the slower pace.
I glanced at dishes on other tables and everything looked great. What I love about Europe is the habit of offering set menus with a couple of options for each course. It makes pricing your meals much easier.
Also, dine on the patio. It's an amazing view straight up the river. Inspiring!
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