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Bonnieux: Le Fournil

Le Village 5 place Carnot- 84480 , Phone: 04 90 75 83 62

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Kaydee from TN, review #2240

When: 2006

Excellent restaurant with a well-deserved reputation. Delicious and beautifully-presented food in a unique environment.

Directions: Mid-way up the village.

Le Fournil, photo by Kathy Wood

We've eaten dinner at Le Fournil several times, and it's one of my favorites. We've always had an excellent meal and experience. The setting is unique-- an old boulangerie built into the rock hillside of the village. The decor, however, is sleek and modern and the restaurant has a somewhat hip, energetic feel. In the warmer weather, you can dine on the attractive terrace by the fountain. Lunch is served a couple days a week.

The dinner menu changes frequently and typically offers 4-5 entrees and 4-5 main courses, plus a variety of desserts. A three-course menu is available for 38, 48 with the addition of a cheese course. There is also an a la carte option. The food has always been delicious and beautifully presented. When we visited in March 2006, several in our group had porcheau (young pig), two had duck breast, and one had chevreau (young goat). Fish and vegetarian options are usually also offered. Save room for dessert!

The service is friendly and helpful with some English spoken. On our three visits in 2006 we had an excellent young waiter. Dinner typically takes 2-1/2 to 3 hours, depending on your own pace.

This is a very popular restaurant, and many locals eat here frequently. Reservations are a must.

Reviewed by: Doug Phillips from Canada, review #1565

When: 2005

This easy-going bistro is partly carved into the hillside, on the site of an old bakehouse - "fournil". Very good Provencal cuisine in an attractive setting.

Directions: At the foot of the ramparts, facing a small square

After driving through Bonnieux several times over the previous twelve days, we made reservations at the popular Le Fournil restaurant for our last evening in Provence. Good idea, since it was full shortly after its 7:30pm opening. Our table was indoors in a room carved into the rock of the cliff face.

The typical Provencal selections were well prepared and presented, most appearing on a plate in a circular form. Service was friendly and efficient. For better or worse, we were close enough to another table to hear another conversation which was much more interesting than anything we had to say to each other.

Reservations would appear to be essential.

Price : 37 per person. The total for the two of us, including aperitif, 50cl of wine, dessert, water and coffee was 97.

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