August 2, 2016
On June 14, 2016, Linda and I dined at La Table du Pigonnet in the Pigonnet Hotel on the edge of Aix-en-Provence. It was a lovely early summer evening; we were seated at a table on the corner of the terrace looking out into the garden with its varied sculptures, including a dancing mouse in a tutu.
July 26, 2016
In June, 2015, Linda and I had dinner at Pierre Reboul’s restaurant in the center of Aix-en-Provence. We enjoyed it a lot. Shortly afterwards Reboul closed his restaurant and became the chef at the Château de la Pioline, a picturesque hotel on the outskirts of Aix-en-Provence. Linda and I stayed there June 13 and 14, 2016, dining in Reboul’s restaurant the first evening.
July 19, 2016
On May 6, 2016 Ian and Jeanette invited us to dinner at L’Âne Rouge. We had been there for a light lunch on the terrace two years before. But we had not been for dinner for eight years following a disappointing meal and the loss of the restaurant’s Michelin star. Despite this, it still gets good ratings and is a showcase for local cuisine so we were interested to see how it was doing.
July 12, 2016
La Réserve Paris Hôtel was opened in January 2015 by Michel Reybier, who made his fortune in packaged charcuterie and is now expanding his luxury hotel company. It is in a newly renovated 1854 mansion on the Avenue Gabriel, just north of the Champs-Elysées between the Avenue Matignon and the Elysée Palace gardens. La Réserve’s restaurant, Le Gabriel, received two Michelin stars a year after its opening. Linda and I went for dinner on May 15, 2016.
July 5, 2016
June 28, 2016
Christian Constant, who had been a chef at the Crillon and the Ritz in Paris, opened Le Violon d’Ingres in 1996. It has a Michelin star. The name comes from a French expression for a second skill beyond the one for which a person is mainly known. The French neo-classical painter Ingres enjoyed playing the violin when he was not painting. It is also the title of a famous photograph by Man Ray.
Micky joined Linda and me at Le Violon d’Ingres for dinner on May 13, 2016.
June 21, 2016
When we dined at Akrame four years ago, a year after its opening, I wrote: “Akrame is understaffed for its ambitions and potential. The chef obviously has great talent; we hope he can find a way to make his restaurant grow so he can realize it.” Since then Benalil Akrame has succeeded in adding staff, gaining a second Michelin star two years ago and opening new restaurants. Now he is renovating his original flagship restaurant. During its closure he has opened a “pop-up” just north of the Place de la Madeleine. Joëlle joined Linda and me there for dinner on May 12, 2016.