Gastronomic Restaurant at Hotel La Mirande

Enjoy French gourmet cuisine as its best at La Mirande's restaurant
Chef de cuisine : Florent Pietravalle

The hotel’s restaurant is open, except on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (last order) and from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last order). On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings we organize a unique guest table in the 19th century kitchen, downstairs.

You cannot come closer to the essence of Avignon's history than dining either in La Mirande's most ancient room, where in the 14th century the cardinals treated the popes to dinner, or the restaurant's garden adjacent to the impressive walls of the Pope's Palace.

The gourmet restaurant is an entity in its own right. At Hotel La Mirande the days follow a rhythm marked by genuine gastronomical moments, in which all the arts come together and nothing is left to chance. The table is a décor where the materials and the objects join with the forms and the colours of the food you are invited to taste: pleasure of the eye as an introduction to the pleasure of the palate! It is as if the products of nature had been observed and admired in their simplicity before becoming part of a recipe, however sophisticated and lovingly concocted, so as to preserve their integrity. And one of the greatest paradoxes is just how much energy is required to achieve such a light touch!

The talent and strength behind such an outstanding accomplishment is 29 year old Florent Pietravalle, former assistant chef of Pierre Gagnaire in Paris with whom he spent 4 years before deciding to cook in his own name. Since April 2016 he is the chef de cuisine at La Mirande.

The organic hotel garden is a labour of love whose wonderful haphazardness mixes box hedges, fruit trees, holm oaks, laurel, roses, and kitchen herbs for the chefs’ needs. It’s a little green paradise under the overwhelming skyward oriental façade of the Popes‘Palace. As so is the wine list* with its extensive selection of French wines, especially of the Rhône valley, with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic wines.


*recent laureate (amongst the 100 best in France in its category) of the wine list award of the magazine Terre et Vins

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