Le Capelier Toqué is a tiny restaurant. It is easy to miss it when you walk up the street Rue Guillaume Puy in the Quartier des Teinturiers (the old dyers’ part of Avignon – definitely worth a visit). Once you find it you may be a bit surprised. It has only a few table but is very “designed” (for French standards).
This is also evident when your food is served – we have never seen so gigantic plates (not the servings – the porcelain!). The restaurant is owned and run by Joe Attipoe who is from Ghana. Everything he does is fresh and well made.
The cuisine is of a style of its own: lots of vegetables but also lots of fruit used in the food. So you can get, for example, a duck’s breast with roast pineapple, roast sweet potatoes, onion fondue and sweet chilli jam. Plus a red and black sauce. A firework of different raw material and tastes.
This is a type of cooking that some people like a lot (curiously, Swedish people seem to be very fond of this mix of sweet and salty) but personally I am personally not too fond of fruit and sweetish sauces with my main course. This said, it is well made but perhaps a touch over-ambitious in my taste.
The restaurant wine selection is short but good, including for example Domaine Duseigneur from Lirac. Prices are moderate (15-30 euros for dinner without wine).
Le Chapelier Toqué, 71 Rue Guillaume Puy, 84000 Avignon, 04 90 82 29 01
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