Celeste for Lunch - Provence
A perfect day in Provence. We drove to Simeon la Rotonde and had a wander. It is a charming perched village about 40 minutes from the L'Isle and then on to Viens before stopping at Cereste for a fabulous lunch - see photos below. Home for the afternoon nap and a wander around the market stalls as there is an art market on in town today. You couldn't say we were doing it tough although it is a bit warm at 35 degrees. Here is Simon's Trip Advisor review: La Pastorale is one floor up and the balcony looks over the main street and commerce strip. You might, as we did, look down over a cyclist fail to unclip in time and have a close and ungainly encounter with the roadside planter boxes. You don't come here for the view though. You come for the friendly and attentive service and the lovely food. The two course luncheon menu for 16€ is great value. Three choices of entrée and three more for main but they are not written down. The waitress spoke clearly enunciated French and paused while I translated but I'm not sure how she would have gone if she had had to do it all in English. Fear not though, the choices are all excellent and it would be hard to go wrong. On the day of our visit the terrine of goats cheese with accompanying salad was both beautiful to look at and perfect for a 30+ degree day. The rolled shoulder of lamb to follow was so tender and was accompanied by picturesque vegetables. The chef cares how his food looks on the plate and I have put up a couple of photos up to illustrate that.