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Cucuron: Restaurant de l'Horloge

Rue Leonce Brieugne , Phone: 04.90.77.12.74
www.horloge.netfirms.com
Closing day: Tuesday evening and Wednesday, also Monday evening in winter

Reviewed by: Doug Phillips from Canada, review #3253

When: 2009

Six of us had dinner there on June 15, 2009. It was a very enjoyable dining experience. The setting, reception, presentation and food were all memorable.

Directions: Cucuron is a small village. The restaurant is only a short walk from the parking lot near l'etang. Walk past the pond, turn left at the first street (Rue Leonce Brieughe), the restaurant is a few steps on your left.

Fleur de courgette soufflée à la mousseline de truffe d’été, photo by Doug Phillips

Cucuron is a small village a short drive from our house rental in Ansouis. I had noted a recommendation for Restaurant de l'Horloge on a card on the back of the pantry door in the kitchen. I also checked out the menu on a short visit to the village. We made phone reservations & arrived at 8:00pm on Monday June 15, 2009.

On entering the restaurant we were shown to our table on the floor below in the arched caves of the restaurant, and beside the partial remains of a medieval mill. Restaurant de l'Horloge is run by Pascal Robert and his wife Patricia. According to the website the restaurant can accommodate approximately 60 people, but it seemed much more intimate.

There are 2 fixed price dinner menus. We all chose the Menu Saveur at 28 €. The other option was the Menu Gourmet at 39 €. There were four courses - starter, fish or meat, cheese, dessert. The gourmet menu included both fish and meat courses.

The entrée and plat options included the following:

Fleur de courgette soufflée à la mousseline de truffe d’été OR

Granité de tomate façon gaspacho, tartare de thon et saumon fumé marinés OR

Pressé de légumes confits à l’huile d’olive et à la coriandre Et copeaux de foie gras de canard maison

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Croustillant de St Jacques et gambas au safran OR

Mille-feuille de bohémienne, dorade royale et lotte au pistou OR

Selle d’agneau à l’olive et côte au poivron, jus de sarriette OR

Râble de lapin rôti en feuille de figuier, jus de réglisse

Our group of six sampled everything except the lamb. Every selection was met with great approval. We were served by Chef Robert and his attentive wife. Two additional young men made brief appearances. For our wine we selected two bottles of 2004 Chateau Turcan rouge, partly because the property was located very close to our rental in Ansouis. A fortunate choice, as it turned out. We paid two visits to Chateau Turcan in subsequent days.

We sat at a round table in a bit of an alcove. We could see some, but not all, of the other diners. If the others were not locals, at least they we all French, as far as we could tell. As the evening progressed and we were having such a good time, I am sure we attracted some attention to our table. Some patrons greeted us as they left and the staff cooperated when I asked for a photo at the end of the evening.

L'addition was 228,00 €. In addition to the 6 repas, the bill included 2 apéritifs, 2 bottles of wine and 2 cafés.

Our visit to Restaurant de l'Horloge was a highlight of our time in the Luberon. We would certainly return on another visit to the area.

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