La Farigoule is a gastronomic restaurant located in the heart of le Castellet, one of two tiny medieval perched villages that overlook either side of the tiny road called La Cadiére-d’Azur.
The Farigoule is open from September through July for lunch and dinner (except for Mondays and Tuesday in July. The rest of the year, they’re closed on Tuesday nights and Wednesdays.)
Reservations are highly recommended, especially during high tourist season, but you’d do yourself a favor to call ahead even in off season like now… because as spring comes to the French Riviera, locals and tourists alike enjoy wandering around the village and the restaurants do a brisk business.
What I love about La Farigoule
One of my favorite things about La Farigoule is that Chef Frederic Flosi puts a new twist on traditional Provencal dishes and he’s passionate about using only the best and freshest local ingredients – he’s even known for picking fresh rosemary, thyme and lavender, which grows wild in the forests and along the country roads of the VAR.
I recommend that you try the 20 euro menu – although your choices are a little limited, the portion sizes are generous and the food is delicious! You can pair the menu with a local Bandol wine of your choice and experience traditional cuisine at it’s best. (And by the way, La Farigoule’s wine list is excellent.)
You can check out La Farigoule’s menu on their Website. (If you use Firefox, and go to ‘tools’ – you can have it translated into English).
Don’t go if you’re pressed for time
The only warning I can give you about La Farigoule is that, if you’re in a hurry, this is not the restaurant for you. Even during off season the little restaurant is always busy – and service – even though it’s excellent – can be slow. Don’t be surprised to spend two to three hours at the table.
Check out my slideshow for photos of some of the dishes at La Farigoule, as well as photos of le Castellet.
Le Castellet has become a thriving artists’ haven, and you can find many little shops and art galleries filled with all kinds of treasures, like local pottery, linens and tableware, regional items and fun decorations for your home and garden…
Castellet is on my list of ‘must see’ villages for several reasons – it’s one of those ‘perched’ villages you read about… Also I love after eating at La Farigoule, wandering around the narrow cobblestone streets, looking at the interesting little stone houses, fortified ramparts and the castle, not to mention the medieval doors and archways… and, bien sur, the shopping! (Can’t help it, shopping is one of my favorite things to do on a lazy weekend!) There’s also an amazing view of the surrounding valley.