La Chassagnette, Arles, France

HONESTLY’S VERDICT
In a word: Food Paradise.
Food: Organic, local, and seasonal all magically crafted into delicious fresh dishes.
Service: As it should be.
Presentation: Everything was effortlessly perfect.
Ambience: The tranquil natural setting balances the activity of this busy out of town restaurant.
Location: Out of town, set in a beautifully crafted barn in a certified organic kitchen garden.
Value for money: The quality and taste of the food will leave you with such beautiful memories that you won’t remember the bill!
Worth a visit?:  Absolutely, next time you find yourself anywhere near Arles, or indeed the South of France, this is a must!  But be sure to book in advance.

Set in a renovated and extended barn, it’s grounds a stunning working organic kitchen garden in the Camargue region of the South of France, 12kms from Arles.  It’s easy to see where chef Armand Arnal gets his inspiration, and his ingredients, for the menu at the restaurant, La Chassagnette.

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Asado Argentine Restaurant, The Palace – The Old Town, Downtown Dubai

Asado looks like it could be an authentic Argentinian steak house, but I couldn’t tell for sure, I’ve never been to Argentina. Despite being brightly lit, the exposed brickwork and antler candelabras make the inside of this restaurant feel a little bit dated, like you’ve just walked into an aged Buenos Aries eatery, I’m guessing that’s the look The Palace The Old Town is going for.  Sit outside though and you couldn’t be anywhere but Dubai: you’ve got the most fantastic view along a ‘canal’, across the lake and right up the Burj Khalifa.  The BK never fails to impress me!

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Pai Thai at Al Qasr Hotel

Another work of art for the senses!  Pai Thai by evening is an atmospheric little restaurant overlooking the magical canals and sparkly palm tress of Al Qasr Hotel serving *some* really good thai food.  The setting makes for a breath taking experience, especially for someone experiencing the ‘charms’ of Dubai for the first time.

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