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Chez Serge in Carpentras, France

29 December 2012 1,248 views 6 Comments

We ended up at Chez Serge in Carpentras on the recommendation of Yoko, our wine tasting guide at M. Chapoutier in Tain-l’Hermitage, France. She told us that Chez Serge was known for their truffles and wine, and since we were on a driving tour of Provence, we didn’t mind the fact that Carpentras was an hour and a half away.

chez serge sign

As you quickly learn when you travel, you have to take chances and take recommendations from the right people, and just hope it works out in the end. Sometimes this results in wonderful, delicious, and memorable experiences, like the one we had at Chez Serge.

When planning our trip to Provence, we had been hoping that we could find a tour company to take us on a truffle hunt led by local pigs. And while we were able to find some tour opportunities, we were a few months too early as we were there in September and black truffle hunting season doesn’t begin in Provence until November. So when we heard about Chez Serge and their truffle-filled menu, we had to go.

We ordered one truffle menu (49 E) and one regular tasting menu menu (32 E). NOTE: The price of the truffle menu has now gone up to 75 E and the other tasting menu is 35 E.

When we saw the first course of this plate full of shaved truffles and olive oil, we knew we were in for a treat.

Plate of shaved truffles and olive oil

Plate of shaved truffles and olive oil

Truffles on Crusty Bread

Truffles on Crusty Bread

On a non-truffle-related note, Chez Serge also smokes their own salmon and it was delicious as well.

Delicate and flaky white fish with truffles

Delicate and flaky white fish with truffles

As someone who isn’t always a fan of a savory dessert, I was surprised at how much I loved this truffle-studded ice cream. I have seriously been thinking about it ever since.

Truffle ice cream covered in truffles

Truffle ice cream covered in truffles

Fat and happy, we then walked around and looked at old churches, and the synagogue that was built in 1367, before jumping in the car and heading back to our hotel.

P.S. Our waitress recommended another French restaurant that is known for their truffle tasting menus in case it’s more convenient for you, it’s Restaurant Bruno on Lorgues (Cote d’Azur).

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