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Ranked #1 of 45 Restaurants in Lorgues
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 23 December 2013

We go to Chez Bruno most years for our anniversary dinner, as it is an iconic local restaurant, with a warm, romantic atmosphere. Yes, it is ridiculously expensive, and the cooking isn't Michelin level, by a long way. But it's a lovely quirky place, which stays focused on traditional regional decadence. No change this year, in that regard. However, what was disappointing this year were a number of seemingly 'cost saving' measures - or just plain laziness! The 'signature' mis en bouche didn't appear this year. Just a piece of toast with shavings of truffle. The starter was a slice of canned fois gras, fresh (and very cold) from the fridge, along with a spoonful of jam from a jar. It was like the starter had just come from Intermarche's Christmas shelf. The 'signature' potato dish was as devine as ever, and the pdj of suckling pig shoulder was nice enough. too. However, the desert was again, just something from the freezer of the local supermarket.

Sorry, to say, if there is no improvement, we'll be heading to pastures new for our anniversaries from now on!

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Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 2 December 2013

So if you are someone who puts food fairly centrally in your life, you will always remember certain meals, for one reason or another, good or bad. Those that you remember most vividly though are the ones that gave you an experience that you know you will almost certainly not have again for many many years.
Chez Bruno was one such place - incredible gardens, beautiful interior, attention to detail absolutely everywhere. The classic French charm was offset with some edgy artwork and the service was absolutely impecable.
So to the food - well what can we say. We got lucky as we ate at the time when Truffles are at their best, both black and white. We at the mixed menu (€165pp) and the 7 courses were different but utterly mind-blowing.
The black truffle and foie gras wellington was out of this world. My other highlight was the truffle ice cream.
I would love to re-visit in 5 years or so, but until then I will let my taste buds be satisfied holding on to the memory of every type of truffle, included in every type of dish.
Simply divine. Well done everyone!

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Thank Charlie C
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Reviewed 29 November 2013

Chez Bruno is a posh truffle restaurant. If you like truffles, go here. If you don't like truffles, don't go here. Truffle potato, truffle beef, truffle ice cream. Personally, I have had enough truffles for the rest of my life. Service and atmosphere is good. Wine is expensive.

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Thank JPK_FR
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Reviewed 15 November 2013

Today - November 15th 2013 on a lovely day we went for the first time to Chez Bruno for lunch with friends. The place is beautifully situated and decorated. Valet parking. The garden with sculptures (an idea from La Colombe d'Or in St. Paul? and not bad). Very nice furniture - good chairs. The tables with inviting old fashioned ironed linen and napkins and that is always a pleasure. We sat on the covered terrace and it was a perfect place today. The greeting by Mr. Bruno Junior was cordial and correct. Truffles were new to us and the explanation and introduction to this de luxe mushroom was well done and the guide to the menu card likewise. The wine was very good (one of the very the best local red wine, we have had) and the food and the timing of the waiters were excellent, one can say, perfect and friendly. We did not wait and were never rushed. The helpings fitting (may be a little large to some). The food is extraordinary and excellent and well prepared and of course the bread was home made a very good.
Our menu:
An inviting aperitif of a local wine with a touch of grapefruit and peach liquor. Very taste and good at noon.
The first starter was a delicious creamy soup with chestnuts and truffles. A unique combination (a little solid as "amuse bouche").
Then an extraordinary cabbage "ball" with foie gras and truffles in a tasty creamy truffles sauce (you must like the liver taste).
Then the renowned (big) potato with a rich creamy sauce with plenty of truffles and more " en capaccio" on the side. Delicious.
The main course was a tender piece of venison on a mousse of Jerusalem Artichoke, and a few pieces of turnips and parsnip on the side and with a very solid brown truffle gravy.
Then a really marvelous (but extremely rich) vanilla ice cream "Bruno Italian style" and
finally a cake, of Lady fingers with a nice tasting cream and on a creamy sauce but the least interesting of the servings.
The small cakes for the coffee were better!
All extremely well prepared and delicious but R I C H to the very heavy.
With the fantastic creative talent of the 3 Mr Bruno and their chefs it ought be a challenge for them to create a meal with less cream and not in EVERY dish.
Our party all agreed that we will not be able to eat before late tomorrow. But for sure, we will be back........ and have fastened a day before!

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Thank UB17
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Well, we used to visit that place because of my friend- he is real truffel fan. So, the place is great itself, very cosy and farm-chic, if I can tell you that way. Some people use helicopters to go take a truffel meal) well, we enjoyed that road. Food was good. There you can choose one 5 menus from. I took 69 euro menu. I'm not a fan, and not allowed to eat seafood due to allergie (I was offered some meat, when they found out- free of charge), but that potato was stunning. I definetely recomend it, even to take a look how you can organize a place where people fly by choppers to in a small village far from everywhere)) And ofcourse, you've got to reserve a place!

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Thank flak059
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