Where to eat in Lorgue, Provence: La Table de Pol

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol in Lorgues Provence

Let’s face it, when you go to France, you’re not expecting any bad meals, are you? In the south-west of France – in Provence – it’s like they invented eating or something.

Point in case, I was watching that awesome Japanese show Iron Chef the other day and I realised it’s always poor old Iron Chef French – Hiroyuki Sakai – who gets challenged by the visiting upstart cook.

See. Even in Japan they think French food’s pretty good. So we weren’t worried as we headed into the little town of Lorgues – about an hour north of St Tropez.

The owners of our superb little stone cottage just outside Lorgue, Heather and Steve, told us there were a few places in town to try. But in the end it was La Table de Pôl that held our eye.

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Daily menu

Sitting quietly at the end of the main street near a little fountain, La Table de Pôl’s outdoor seating and welcoming ambience drew us in and before we knew it we were gazing at the menu.

Here’s what we ordered and ate:

La Table de Pôl

We decided to go with the €41 five-course degustation – or stuff-your-face option. I think we chose wisely!

L’amuse-bouche

This is just a little appetite-inducer to get your taste buds going. It’s a new word for me. Mrs Romance, who’s much more sophisticated, just frowned when I laughed at it.

Lobster creme – a little pot of chilled lobster bisque with crouton. Creamy, delicate lobster flavour.

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - First course

Entrée

I chose the Duck pâté – with tasty salad of frisée & pansy petals. It came with a strange cinnamon banana bread slice, but pate was buttery & smooth.

Mrs R went for the mushroom carpaccio – with finely sliced capsicum and a light olive oil dressing. There was also a fresh salad of mixed leaves & flowers – fresh & light start, but still quite filling.

Main course

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Second course

Mrs R had the firm white fish with a herb sauce, fresh local mushrooms called ‘cepes’ and flowers, and a creamy pumpkin mash. The dish came with very tasty grilled yellow capsicum and spring onions.

I ordered the veal fillet with penne carbonara – perfectly cooked and rested pink veal with pumpkin & potato mashes, baked capsicum for sweetness. The carbonara was cheesy and creamy, served in mason jar. A mescal salad came in the mason jar lid.

Cheese course

Of course there was a cheese course!

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Cheese course

Trois chèvres. These three goat’s cheeses were all so different, they really showcased the range of flavours you can get from chèvre. The blue was creamy, liquid, smooth & buttery. The ashed was nasal, powerful and thick. The hard cheese was chalky, sharp and nutty.

Dessert

Thought I’d go a bit wanky here and add the French version!

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Dessert

I went for the entremet chocolat-praliné et caramel a la fleur du sel – also known as crispy praline, salted caramel, chocolate mousse in a cake casing with vanilla ice cream. Amazing.

Mrs R headed straight for the moelleux au chocolat et amarenas au sirop – a rich warm chocolate fondant cake with a drizzle of glacé cherry reduction and a quinelle of vanilla and cinnamon ice cream on a puff pastry biscuit. Incrediblé.

The coffees that came after were well-made and were accompanied by little shortbread biscuits with a plump, ripe raspberry balanced on each.

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Coffee

We were just able to waddle off to the car. It was an epic meal, but a delicious one. And the service was extremely friendly and professional, though relaxed enough for us to enjoy our surroundings.

There was also a little shop connected to the restaurant that sold house-made sauces and marinades. It also sold many of the things used to set our table, like this salt cellar. You grate the Himalayan salt rock over the ceramic teeth.

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Salt grinder

I bought one for my mum. She loved it. Or at least that’s what she told me!

We had many excellent meals while we were in France. But this was very much a stand out. If you’re ever in Provence, be sure to make the journey to La Table de Pôl. It’s in a book, you know!

Mr and Mrs Romance - La Table du Pol - Book feature

 

And if you stay with Heather and Steve (very much recommended), say hi from us! Here’s  link to their cottage on AirBnB.

Click here for our review on Lorgues and more about where we stayed.

La Table de Pôl

18 Place Georges Clemenceau, 83510

Lorgues

France.

latabledepol.com

 

Tell us about a great meal you’ve had in the comments. We’re always looking for a good tip-off!

Images by Mrs Romance.

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