Hiely Lucullus is a popular restaurant in Avignon, France on the second floor above a clothing store on a main Avignon street. It reigned supreme for years as the top restaurant until Christian Etienne opened and got a Michelin Star. The haute cuisine served is predominantly French, Mediterranean, and Provencal. Grilled Alpine lamb is their specialty dish. They have some very good deals during lunch (19€). We can for dinner and were allowed to order a lunch deal as well two dinner Menu Carte (35€).
Decor, Vibe – Classic belle epoque decor. Old school creaky hard wood floors, classic chairs, soft music. This is a nice refuge from the busy street outside. Lots of older folks were dining, many probably visiting nearby college students.
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Amuse Bouche puree on a cucumber.
La crème glacée et figues – Strawberry Ice cream with figs. Creamy ice cream with several cooked figs coated with balsamic vinegar.
Le petite marmite du pecheur – Shellfish and fish poached in saffron sauce was a timeless classic that dates back to 1938. Little bits of each with barley grains and a light saffron sauce.
Les artichauts barigoule – Artichokes cooked a la barigoule with roquette salad and old Parmigiano. An interesting green salad with the artichokes cooked with parmesean cheese. Fairly heavy on the cheese flavor.
Les pieds et paquets – Lamb tripe cooked a la provencale was another recipe from 1938. Heavy beefy sauce, nice mushrooms, the lamb was tiny but cooked really well. It came with a perfectly cooked egg custard.
Le filet de boeuf – Roast beef fillet from France with sauteed spinach. A nice looking dish, the beef was of good size and was cooked to a nice medium rare. Meat quality here is lower than the US, lots of tendons in the meat. This is probably as good as French meat gets. Nice potato, mushrooms, and spinach side dish.
La peche blanche de l’ile de la Barthelasse – White peach poached with tarragon was lite and not too sweet. The really fresh peach let its flavor shine through.
L’abricot de Provence – Apricot from Provence in a sorbet and in a fruit parfait. Refreshing cold soup in a cup and a strong flavored Apricot sorbet.
Salade – A basic spinach salad with some parmesaen cheese.
La poisson de la peche du jour– Fresh fish of the day was whole Trout. It was cooked then deboned table-side. It looked good but was on the bland side as it was not served with any sauce. It was fresh and cooked fine though.
Hiely Lucullus had very good service that was competent, accomodating, and friendly. The main waiter has probably worked here for many years. Prices are very reasonable and food quality is high. Hiely Lucullus and La Fourchette are excellent choices in Avignon.
Menu has English, and server understand it also. Their website does not work with Firefox.