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“Luscious La Provence”
Review of La Provence

La Provence
Ranked #225 of 1,739 Restaurants in Adelaide
Price range: USD 14 - USD 33
Description: Our restaurant is your home – at least, that’s how we like it. We’re French natives, recreating the culinary traditions of Provence in the heart of Adelaide. Think thyme, tarragon, garlic and truffle. Butter – real butter that’s good for the heart! Slow-cooked brisket and steaming hot bouillabaisse, brimming with local seafood. Beef jus, bright green peas and the unmistakable aroma of bouquet garni. Plated up like they do in Provence
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Description: Our restaurant is your home – at least, that’s how we like it. We’re French natives, recreating the culinary traditions of Provence in the heart of Adelaide. Think thyme, tarragon, garlic and truffle. Butter – real butter that’s good for the heart! Slow-cooked brisket and steaming hot bouillabaisse, brimming with local seafood. Beef jus, bright green peas and the unmistakable aroma of bouquet garni. Plated up like they do in Provence
Reviewed 22 May 2017

After a full day of meetings, I and some work colleagues tried a rather new and very good French diner in central Adelaide.
And what a find it was.
A wonderfully inspired dinner.
La Provence only opened a few weeks ago, the story of a French couple with a passion for classic cuisine.
The staff were wonderfully hospitable with conversation guiding a table of 6 lawyers through the food and wine plus the occasional Eau de vie!
My escargots with braised oxtail with pressed mushroom and bacon and a delightfully tart cabbage salad was superb.
The bouillabaisse was heavenly with a rich intense broth and wonderfully cooked fish.
The superb raspberry soufflé was as light as a feather and simply memorable!
Lush lush and luscious in the food department.
The service was excellent save for a coupled of salmon dishes that missed the order from the waiter to the kitchen so had to be done fast as others eat - absent that hiccup, it would be 5 stars.
I am sure this restaurant will improve to new heights!

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Thank Robert W
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

La Provence offers a fixed price 3-course menu with top quality food. Looking at the offerings and the prices on the a la carte menu makes the fixed price look like a bargain! The downside on the offer is that you have to order all three courses at the start whereas I like to decide after the mains whether I can cope with a dessert. We started by ordering a glass of French champagne while we perused the order. I suspect we were given a crémant even though the price was $22 a glass! She ordered Burgundy Snails with Braised Oxtail, Mushroom and pressed Bacon while he had a selection of duck, sausage, foie gras etc — it was a very long 50 minute wait for the entrée, For mains he had black Angus beef filet and she selected the grilled duck breast. Another very long wait and the side dish of broccolini with toasted almonds & garlic butter was a no show – kitchen mix-up we were told—the peace offering was a desert wine on the house. Nonetheless the food was excellent although the beef filet was miniscule for the steep price (it had a $6 surcharge). The desserts—almond tart and raspberry soufflé—were a little disappointing lacking in presentation and taste. A couple of glasses of wine each during the meal and there was no change from $250.

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Reviewed 13 May 2017

Finally the old 'Fontana De Trevi' restaurant site has been opened up! It feels like there has been nothing there forever?! It is a great location down the eastern end of Pirie Street, which I am sure will prove popular with the local office workers,if they get everything right?! We went yesterday for lunch - I felt it is lacking atmosphere or any warmth but it was clean and nicely laid out - just a little lacking in character. The service I thought was OK but could have been a lot better - then again they only had two men working at the time. I felt we really had to wait a little too long for our bread to come out and also the mains - which arrived well before the side dishes of mashed potato and broccolini (which I thought rather strange) - I say all of this because they were far from busy and when we sat down there were only 3 other people seated in the restaurant (?) The mains were quite nice - nothing spectacular and of course being french - traditionally smaller size serves (of everything) and a bit pricey! The wine list consists of both french and Australian wines - which had mostly everything covered but I thought could have been more extensive - FYI cheapest bottle started at about $55 - so we opted for singular glasses. I am not sure how long they have been open & I hope they do well - but not sure if the location (in a business district) is perhaps fitting for the type of restaurant it is and the type of clientele I would assume they are hoping to atrract!! Bon Appetit

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Thank Di R
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Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

If incredible value for money, friendly and attentive staff (thanks especially to Emy) and delicious french food sound good to you the La Provence is for you. At $69 the 3 course set menu is incredibly good value (there is a surcharge for some of the mains like my Bouillabaisse) - the duck tasting platter was phenomenal and the seafood in the bouillabaisse fresh and delicious - only fault was with the overcooked tough pippies, would suggest providing tools to eat the crab meat from the legs as it was quite messy. The soufflé was worth the extra, light, fluffy, scrumptious and perfectly risen.

Thank JetSetterCM
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

We had an early dinner last Friday night at La Provence and all it was simply excellent.

Expensive but excellent.

This is a fine dining experience with large tables that are well spaced, delightful background music at the lerfect volume, service that was 100% professional but in no way pretentious and simply wonderful food.

I look forward to returning.

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Thank pakabay
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