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Goût de France: La Chistera Restaurante Review – Arles – France

La Chistera Restaurante

La Chistera Restaurante in Arles, France

The 2,000-year-old medieval town of Arles was filled with history and character—Roman ruin theaters, museums, rustic homes, shops, restaurants, and lots of little maze-like side streets to explore.

 La Chistera Restaurante - Side Street

Rather than do the typical-type-tourist thing and eat in the busy town square, we decided to venture off to see if we could find a local gem hidden away in the back alleyways of Arles.

 La Chistera Restaurante - walkway

Thankfully we stumbled upon La Chistera Restaurante, a chef-owned café run by a lovely couple. I’m guessing they had Spanish roots since Chistera is Spanish for Red Hat. And our waitress—minus the red dress and castanets—could have passed for a beautiful Flamenco Dancer with her sleek long dark hair, brown eyes, and olive-colored skin. A Spanish influence in Arles isn’t surprising, considering the local bullgames and bullfights held at the Roman Arena.

 la chistera restaurante

I’ve always been very particular in choosing restaurants because it’s all about the experience for me. Dining is a hobby of mine and I want it to appeal to all my senses. I’m not much of a white-table-cloth-restaurant kind of girl. I’m more of a casual-quaint-eclectic atmosphere, good service, and interesting menu kind of girl. La Chistera met all my criteria.

 la chistera restaurante inside

The inside was a tiny shoe-box with about 8-10, two-top tables—the outside had only four tables. We chose to dine alfresco so we could people-watch.

The walls were painted a joyful rose color and the waitress (or wife of Chef) was very sweet and did her best to communicate with us in English.

A Glimpse of the Menu at La Chistera Restaurante

La Chistera Restaurante Menu

Scallops with Frois Grois (Duck Liver) wrapped in Pastry

We started with a scallop and frois grois appetizer that was served in a shell and wrapped in pastry. I can’t believe the amount of duck liver I ate in France! I actually loved liver as a kid but want no part of it as an adult—until I went to France. I guess there’s just something about being in a foreign country that makes you want to live on the edge and experience the adventure of local fare—no matter what it is. I haven’t touched liver since and don’t plan to—unless I go back to France. It’s quite tasty on a baguette.

La Chistera Restaurante Menu


Deanna and Link ordered the antipasto for their main course which came with a fresh local goat cheese.

Chap and I had the veal stew served with scalloped potatoes, asparagus, and roasted red pepper with caramelized carrots. We dug in too quickly to get a picture of it. But it was delicieux! The stew was very simple—no vegetables— only tiny cubed morsels of tender veal served in a mild fresh red sauce.

The scalloped potatoes were the best I’ve ever tasted and should be illegal. Creamy, cheesy, buttery euphoria. The side of asparagus, roasted red pepper and caramelized carrots were aldente, perfectly cooked and seasoned.

For dessert we ordered a variety on the menu and shared—Crème Brulee Pistache, Raspberry Panacotta, and a chocolate croissant.

La Chistera Restaurante Menu

Crème Brulee Pistache

 The Crème Brulee Pistache was a bit disappointing. The crust was scorched and bitter, and I thought the pistachio custard was somewhat grainy. I have to admit I’ve had better.

La Chistera Restaurante Menu

Chocolate Croissant

 The chocolate croissant was unexpected—not like a typical croissant. It was more cakey than flaky and served with a dollop of whipped crème and gelato.

We didn’t get a photo of the Raspberry Panna Cotta. It wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was still fresh and creamy. Most desserts we had in France were not as sweet as we’re used to in America so it took some getting used to.

We finished our meals off with a café –small cups like espresso. So heads up if you want American-sized, you’ll need to ask for un grand café. It’s also their custom in France to bring your coffee after dessert.

Overall I’d highly recommend La Chistera Restaurante. The four of us left the restaurant fully satisfied, having experienced a classic French meal with an endearing atmosphere—Four-and-a-half stars!

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3 Responses to “ Goût de France: La Chistera Restaurante Review – Arles – France ”

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