The restaurant l’Escourtin is located near the village of Fayence in the Var. Fayence is a medieval village, which is worth visiting after you eat at l’Escourtin, because you’re going to want to burn off a few calories after trying one of their oh so delicious menus.
L’Escourtin is a restaurant and ten-room hotel in what used to be an old mill site. The mill itself has been around since at least the 15th century – but there is an aqueduct that carried water to the mill, which is believed to have been built in ancient Roman times. (Artifacts found when the foundation for the swimming pool was built include tiles, utensils and shards of pottery.)
By the way, you don’t have to be a guest at the hotel to enjoy the swimming pool – you’re welcome to swim or do a little sun worshipping at the pool after enjoying your meal…
If the weather is good when you visit, you’ll want to enjoy a leisurely lunch on the terrace – tables are set out under individual umbrellas, and are strategically placed among the trees, plants and flowers so you enjoy a feeling of privacy, while enjoying the views in the center of a nine acre park-like setting.
On the other hand, if it’s summertime, you’ll do better to eat near the pool with the big grill, and then take that swim afterwards…
Of course, even if you visit in spring or winter, and happen to go on a day when eating outside just doesn’t appeal, then you’ve got your choice of three dining rooms – the balcony is intimate and lets you look down on the big stone fireplace, or, you can eat near the fireplace and enjoy the warmth of the blaze of big logs, and finally, there is the main dining room, with a view of the terrace and the fields. It also shows the abstract paintings of local artist Annie Moret.
Here’s a look at ‘Les Menus de Printemps – Printemps means spring, by the way.
I highly recommend the Menu du Moulin – Moulin means mill…
Open ravioli of lobster with new baby onions and a saffron jus
Terrine of duck foie gras with Sichuan pepper, a green apple jelly and young salad leaves
Pan-fried Mediterranean sea bass with local violet asparagus and a truffle cream sauce
Rack of lamb with a garlic crust, fondant potato and a flan of pureed aubergine (eggplant) and courgettes (zucchini)
Platter of fine artisan cheese
The dessert carte (To choose when ordering)
Prix: 47 € net TTC – and it’s worth every penny… The food is beautifully presented, the service is excellent and the only problem you’ll have with the wine list is choosing what to have – but don’t worry, they’ll be happy to give recommendations.
If you’re visiting Cannes, St. Tropez or Bormes les Mimosaas, Fayence is only a short drive away. But even if you’re further away on your French Riviera vacation, I highly recommend that you make the trip to Fayence, and the Moulin de la Camandoule and eat at the Restaurant l’Escourtin – it’s made the list of my Top 100 French Riviera Restaurants.