Le Jardin du Quai

"Le Jardin du Quai is a newish restaurant getting great reviews in the region. Chef Daniel Hebet spent 7 years at La Mirande, the best hotel in Avignon, with a fabled restaurant. Here at his own place in Isle sur la Sorgue, he offers his simple Provence fare with the occasional fancy flourish, and the quality is very high indeed.The key is in the freshness of the ingredients and the menu is dependent on what the chef finds in the markets that morning, and decided there and then. So you don't really get a choice, you are just told what there is. If you are vegetarian or have a food allergy, they can provide an alternative. Daniel Hebet describes his food as rustic but refined. We had a wonderful dinner. Prawns with a hint of soy were followed by almost sushi-like salmon in a sort of fusion broth, with fine strips of asparagus. The pork was exquisitely tender, accompanied by a simple mashed potato and jus. (The vegetarian replacement was monkfish.)You will love his desserts - he was voted France's best pastry chef a few years ago.The wine list is limited to local wines, but he has unearthed some good ones. The Cairanne Pavillon des Dames we had at 30 euros was better than a Cairanne should hope to be.A dinner of four courses costs 40 euros per person - a bargain!Le Jardin du Quai is in a renovated old town house, with an antique bar in a different room to the main dining room. Decoration is subdued - nothing to distract you from the quality of the food. In the summer you can enjoy the shade of the plane trees in the pretty garden."

PDP
"Four of us had a delightful outdoor Sunday lunch after the market. It was blazing hot and the restaurant had just received a rave review in the local paper so it was packed. After chaos and a long wait, chef arrived at our table with apologies, some interesting Luberon wines and presented personally tender veal chops with figs and a rich wine reduction. The dishes were all beautiful to look at and the afternoon was a success. We will definately return on our next visit to the Luberon."

Mary Spilsbury Ross, Victoria, B.C. Canada - 2008
"We had a wonderful lunch in the garden. The food was spectacularly good and Daniel Hebet was charming and welcoming."

Sheryl Wright, 2007
"We visited this hidden little gem twice on our stay. Its one of those places you only ever read about until you get to experience it. Fixed price every day (about 35 euros for lunch and 40 euros for dinner), for a three-course meal that changes from day to day. All in all, we tried 6 different dishes here on our two visits, and we could describe each one back in exquisite detail. The chef is worth his weight in gold, and the waitstaff speak very good English and are very friendly and attentive. There are about 20-30 wines to choose from, along with a full bar for all your more complicated alcoholic desires. The coffee is great also (a few places we've dined have been quite average). We will be visiting here again on our next trip to the Luberon."

Brett, Australia, 2007
"We arrived here for Saturday lunch tired and hungry after flying to Paris from Boston, then taking the TGV to Avignon. It was a bit cool and the Mistral was active so we sat down to a wonderful meal inside. It was the perfect way to kick off our ten days in France and easily one of our best meals of the trip. The starter was a John Dory steamed in an aromatic mushroom broth with cockles - fabulous. Then a pork chop perfectly cooked and just pink in the middle. The dessert course was a poached pear with chocolate sauce. With all that and two bottles of a local rose, we felt refreshed and ready for the final drive to our rented house in Gordes. Needless to say, we opted for a light dinner at home that evening!"

Peter Pappas - 2011
"Fabulous restaurant off the tourist track servicing delicious local produce in a gorgeous and quiet garden setting. Looking forward to returning there this summer, love it !!"

Peter Montgomery, Australia - 2012
"This was a luxe and expensive lunch, with a first class Chef formerly of La Mirande, and I recall we enjoyed some of the most amazing fish dishes ever during a no choice, prix fixed meal. Simply wonderful food and we would no doubt return, perhaps to try dinner."

AG, California - 2013
Le Jardin du Quai
91 avenue Julien Guigue
Isle sur la Sorgue
04 90 20 14 98
Closed Tuesday and Wednesday

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