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Chez Serge, Carpentras France

We have enjoyed nice lunches at Chez Serge over the years after the Friday morning market in Carpentras. Carpentras is located 19 km south of Sablet via the D7 in the Vaucluse region of Provence France. The restaurant is conveniently located across the street from the main market on Rue Cottier.

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There is a terrace in front of the restaurant which is filled with diners on sunny days. The interior dining rooms are very pretty and service is gracious and attentive. Unusually for Provence, Chez Serge offers good stemware for wine service.

The dining room is overseen by the restaurant's genial owner Serge Ghoukassian who is a wine expert and truffle lover. Chez Serge is famous for its dishes with truffles and puts on special truffle and wine dinners throughout the truffle season.

Shortly after we were seated, a server brought us an amuse bouche from the chef, a cup of Royale de Lotte with saffron emulsion

Shortly after we were seated, a server brought us an amuse bouche from the chef, a cup of Royale de Lotte with saffron emulsion

Chez Serge offers a “formule du midi” Monday through Friday for 19.50€, which includes a choice of entrees, (starters) plats (main course), and desserts. On our most recent visit, I chose a starter of “bouillabaisse” and Shirley was served a specially created salad since she is generally a vegetarian except for fish.

Bouillabaisse with fennel confit, scallops, St. Pierre and aioli.

Bouillabaisse with fennel confit, scallops, St. Pierre and aioli.

Lunch continued with a choice of main courses or "plats". I chose the Supreme de Volaille (chicken) with butternut squash risotto and puree of butternut squash shown below.

Supreme de Volaille (chicken) with butternut squash risotto and puree of butternut squash

Supreme de Volaille (chicken) with butternut squash risotto and puree of butternut squash

For her main course, Shirley settled on the Papillote de Lieu Jaune (Pollock) with potatoes and piperade.

Papillote (package) of Lieu Jaune (Pollock) with potatoes and piperade. For this preparation, the fish is cooked in aluminum foil with its accompaniments.

Papillote (package) of Lieu Jaune (Pollock) with potatoes and piperade. For this preparation, the fish is cooked in aluminum foil with its accompaniments.

For service, the fish is removed from the papillote (aluminum foil package and transferred to a plate.

For service, the fish is removed from the papillote (aluminum foil package and transferred to a plate.

Lunch ended with a choice of desserts. I chose the Molleaux aux Chocolat (molten chocolate cake) with caramel sauce and creme aux truffes.

Molleaux aux Chocolat with caramel sauce and creme aux truffes

Molleaux aux Chocolat with caramel sauce and creme aux truffes

Shirley finished her meal with chocolate brownies and sorbets.

Sorbets with brownies

Sorbets with brownies

Chez Serge is an excellent place for lunch after the Friday market or any other time you are in Carpentras. Tables fill up quickly so we strongly recommend you reserve a table before you go.

Restaurant Chez Serge

90 Rue Cottier

84200 Carpentras

France

+1 33 4 90 63 21 24

www.chez-serge.com