17 rue Racine
Avignon 84000, France, CA
+33 04 90 85 20 93
+33 04 90 85 57 60 (Fax)
La Fourchette is a Provencal cuisine bistro located in Avignon about a block from the main street with the Palace du Papes. They specialize in Vaucluse caillettes, Les pieds et paquets, or a great Avignon daube. Their three course prix fix dinner costs a reasonable 30.50€.
Decor, Vibe – Big windows that were open to the street, quirky decor with forks, cutlery, pots, and lots of old posters on the walls. The place was full, lots of locals and some tourists were dining. Relaxed, not formal atmosphere.
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Cheap and excellent house rose – 10€ for half bottle. Easily triple the price, back in the US.
Les 12 escargots de Bourgogne au beurre et fines herbes (2€ supplement) – Dozen Burgundy snails cooked in garlic and parsley butter is a classic dish that looked very greasy but was balanced with spices and the soft snail meat. A must get.
La salade de tomates cerise et confites a la mozzarelle – Cherry tomato Salad with mozzarella and parma ham was a light and healthy salad, showcasing some local produce. The cheese was strong and tasted like a goat cheese mozzarella.
Le pilaf de crevettes sauce aurore – Rice Pilaf with shrimp in an aurore sauce was excellent. Never have had a salad like this. The low key dressing did not overpower the small fresh shrimp and raisins, nor was it overly creamy.
Les filets de loup facon pistou – Sea Bream fillet in basil, garlic, and Provence’s olive oil was a little fishy but still a tender, chunky, flavorful fish that was cooked right.
La Daube de boef
Macaroni pasta gratin aka Mac n Cheese
La daube de boeuf a l’Avignonnaise, gratin de macaronis – Avignon Beef Stew with macaroni pasta gratin was a must get as it was a local dish. The tender meat was bathed in the rich heavily wine flavored broth. It was a big dish, enough for more than one person. The mac and cheese was top notch and served in and oven pan.
Meringue Glacee – A Meringue cake with a meringue layer, ice cream cake in the middle, and a hazel nut topping. Excellent.
Apricot soup was very good. Two local, fresh sliced apricots along with house made apricot sorbet. A nice easy finish to a good meal and perfect for the hot weather.
Carmel ice cream with toffee crisps was a very good ice cream. Home made, very silky.
La daurade Royale grille ou le loup grille sur le sel de Guerande – Grilled sea bream in a Guerande’s salt dressing was fair. Fish quality on this dish was not the best.
La Fourchette has an English translation of the menu. Service was very good and accomodating with the server understanding English. The food and service was excellent making this a must visit when you are visiting Avignon.
We faxed them our reservation request. They are closed weekends and for 3 weeks in August. Email: [email protected]