Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Les Jardins de L'Acardie

I mentioned about this post the other week, as I took outfit photos in the grounds of a restaurant we went to, whilst in France. My dad supports a French football team called Lens, so we went to watch one of their matches, before going for a meal on our last night. A couple of years ago we went to an Italian in the town of Lens, which is owned by the same people as the Jardins de L'Arcadie, we originally wanted to go to the Italian but it was shut for Summer, so we were given a reservation in their other restaurant instead. 
Italian's aren't much good for me anyway, as most things are bread or pasta based, so I was looking forward to trying out a different style of food. We'd warned the owner about my gluten intolerance in advance, so he bought some bread and pasta for me- which was so kind! 

When we arrived, we were asked about drinks and then brought canapes. To my surprise, a little bit later the waiter brought me a gluten free version- which was delicious. I think it was bread with a tomato-salsa style sauce and a sweet chilli pepper. The menu changes every few days, as they buy in all their ingredients fresh and make it all completely to order. Due to this, the menu is set at three options for each course and was 30 euros per person for three courses. 

 For my starter, I chose the goat cheese and asparagus salad, which came with gluten free bread. I love goat's cheese, and it was slightly cooked on top of grilled gluten free bread with warm asparagus, raspberries, more of the tomato salsa sauce, sweet chilli peppers and a vinaigrette. Spoiler alert: the starter was definitely my favourite course.

I don't have a photo of the main, as my camera started being temperamental and I was too hungry to faff around trying to fix it, as I didn't want my meal to get cold. I had the marinated lamb, which came with a choice of potatoes, chips, veg or salad, but I opted for the gluten free pasta they bought for me, as I couldn't have either of the potato sides. I didn't mind, however, as the pasta was really nice and it was so lovely of them to buy it for me.
For dessert, I had the strawberry soup, which came with what I think was some sort of frozen lime panna-cotta. (The menu was all in French and my French abilities don't stretch to knowing full menus, so I may be wrong).
Overall, the food was delicious and the staff were so thoughtful, it was incredible how much effort they put in to be able to provide me with  gluten free food, I will definitely return if I ever go back to Lens.

Until next time, 

Holly Olivia x


  1. What a great review! Love the pics! Food looks delish :)
    xox N.

    1. Thank you! It was a lovely place to eat.

      Holly Olivia x

  2. It's really good the chef specially bought and cooked you gluten free food, I love restaurants that have amazing customer service like that. The starter looks amazing!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

    1. It was really good, the rest of the holiday all I could eat was steak with salad, so it made a welcome change to leaving restaurants feeling hungry!

      Holly Olivia x


Thank you for commenting! I reply to every single one and love reading other blogs, so if you leave your own link then I will be sure to check it out x