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L'Épice and Love: "Possibly the best food I've ever eaten in France!" Top 5 Page for this destination Avignon Restaurant Tip by CatherineReichardt

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It may sound like heresy from someone who loves to eat and cook, but I'm really not very excited by French food. However, having spent a glorious evening at L'Épice and Love, I may have to revise my opinion!

L'Épice and Love is located on the unfortunate sounding Rue de Lices, and is a tiny restaurant that you would easily walk by were it not for the suspended display of vintage kitchen equipment in the front window. The inside is eclectically furnished but very welcoming - a little like walking into the lounge of your eccentric maiden aunt who has a passion for travel - another big tick from me.

But oh, the food!!! The menu is fairly short, but well balanced and is cooked with wonderful ingredients, great simplicity and enormous love. I had a sublime goat's cheese and salad starter that transported me into raptures, followed by a very good octopus stew for main course. The dessert was also perfection: grilled figs with a little mound of soft cheese to dip each morsel into. My parents' food was equally good, although they were a little more conservative in their choices: again, the place is perfectly pitched to appeal to both adventurous and more conventional eaters.

The service was friendly - one delightful waitress miraculously handled the entire restaurant with seemingly effortlessly efficiency and aplomb and also spoke excellent English. Because it is so small - only about 12 tables - booking in advance is essential: we were there on a Thursday evening in late September, and every table was full.

If you're in this area for supper, treat yourself to a stroll northwards down Rue des Lices, past the Aucône Générale towards the gorgeously atmospheric Rue des Teinturiers: perfect for either a pre-supper drink or a post prandial stroll before bedtime.

Bon appetit (and raise a glass in my honour when you're there for the excellent recommendation)!

Address: 30 Rue de Lices (yes, it does sound unfortunate!)
Price Comparison: about average
Phone: +33 4 90 82 45 96
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: French

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 12, 2012
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