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Apt: Auberge du Luberon

8, Place du Faubourg du Ballet , Phone: 04 90 74 12 50

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #1861

When: 2006

Intimate restaurant serving contemporary Provençal cuisine. Chef Serge Peuzin is a "Maître Cuisinier de France". Expensive!

Directions: Located just across the river from the Place de la Bouquerie, the big square on the west end of the central part of the town

Auberge du Luberon (Apt), photo by

We had lunch with a small group (six adults and one child) at L'Auberge du Luberon in late March 2006. The restaurant is located in the town of Apt in a small hotel of the same name. The hotel/restaurant is on the west end of the center of Apt, just across the river from the large square called the Place de la Bouquerie. Parking is available in the public spots down along the river.

There is a pretty dining room and a small outdoor terrace that was closed when we were there. The menu is complicated. There are several a la carte items as well as set menus that begin at 29 euro and go up. Several dishes featured "fruit confits," the specialty of Apt.

The chef is Serge Peuzin who is a Maître Cuisiner de France... a master chef.

Our meal began with an assortment of small appetizers (amuses bouche). Two members of our group ordered the least expensive set menu (29 euro). Charley and I were somewhat shocked at the menu prices (we hadn't intended to spend this much for lunch). We ordered a risotto entree (with asparagus) as a main plat. The other two adults had dourade. Our daughter Kelly ordered pasta with butter. (This really wasn't a "child place.") The food was good, just expensive! The best part was a dessert cart with 13 desserts to choose from... the desserts were very good. Our meal took about 2-1/2 hours. There was one other group in the dining room who was there when we arrived and still there when we left.

Our bill was 267 euro for five adults and one child, including one bottle of wine. After returning home that night, I realized that we had been overcharged by 30 euro-- we had been charged for two additional orders of fish. We went back to the restaurant a few days later and I talked with the woman who appeared to be the manager about the bill. She was very embarrassed and apologetic-- and promptly refunded the money. I appreciated this response.

This was an interesting place, but I don't think the meal, the service or the ambiance justified the price. There are many other places in the Luberon where you can have a better meal in a less pretentious environment for a much more reasonable price.

This restaurant is closed Sunday night and Monday in the low season. During the season they are closed for lunch on Monday and Tuesday.

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