We were staying at Le Clos du Buis (highly recommended) in Bonnieux last weekend and on our final day, we were late back to the village after visiting the Gorge du Verdon and hadn't booked anywhere to eat. It was the Sunday eve and we thought we would try L'Arome across the road from the hotel, but it was full and they didn't offer waiting, the same applied to Le Fournil in the square above. We therefore tried La Flambee as a last resort, having eaten at 2 other village restaurants on the previous evenings (L'heure Bleu and Cesar which we will review separately).
Roundy didn't fancy pizza so wasn't keen, but it transpired that this restaurant had a couple of set menus which did not involve pizza. These cost I believe 18.5 euros and 25 euros (or similar). My mother chose fish soup which came with rouille, croutons and grated cheese, and then guinea fowl in wild mushroom sauce as her main from the cheaper menu. I chose the fois gras terrine and gambas from the more expensive, and Roundy himself selected the fish soup and the steak au poivre from the same. The pricier menu included an individual plate of 3 cheeses each (a goats cheese, blue cheese and a white cheese) as well as a dessert whereas the cheaper menu allowed for either cheese or choice of dessert.
Overall we felt the prices of the meals were very good value compared to other local restaurants (we had paid 35 euros for a 2 course set meal at Cesar the previous night with incredibly slow service and not a lot of ambiance). The staff were also friendly and helpful at La Flambee and the ambiance was warm and buzzing. They advised we would need to wait 10 minutes for a table as they were full but we didn't mind given the issues we had had, and in fact only had to wait 5 minutes. The food was all very tasty and nicely presented. I particularly enjoyed my terrine and large crevettes and my mother loved her whole meal. Roundy said his steak was fine if not the best cut but he wasn't complaining given the price. We were so glad we ended up in here, even if it was by default! Definitely worth a visit from our experience. Surprised by some of the less positive reviews below as they don't tally with how we found this restaurant.
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