The Jardin Secret restaurant invites you to its 200-year-old country house and garden nestled in the hills, vineyards and olive groves of Cotignac.

Guided by the passion of chef Benoit Witz, the cuisine of the Jardin Secret promotes naturally-sourced ingredients and a return to the simple and delicious. Every dish is inspired by local seasonal gastronomy so that guests can rediscover the taste of authentic Provence.

Indulge in Chef Benoit’s inspired menu that changes daily according to the freshest ingredients of the season.

Friday, May 20th - Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Provençal asparagus with olives and mimosa herbs

Freshly-caught fish with courgette flowers and lemon confit OR Tender Sisteron lamb with spring vegetables 

Sweet ‘Ciflorette' strawberries with fennel in olive oil

Saturday, May 21th- Lunch

Three course menu – 53 €

Chicken and mushroom paté in a tender crust with a crunchy salad

Traditional French fish stew OR Veal loin with seasonal vegetables

Strawberry tart

Saturday, May 21st - Dinner

Auvergne Cheese Evening

With Dominique Prugne

4-course menu – 64€

Courgette and courgette flower salad

Trout OR Veal loin with spring vegetables

Strawberry and fennel crunch

Sunday, May 22th- Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Purple artichoke salad with our kitchen-garden herbs

Freshly-caught fish OR Crunchy pork with apple slices and green vegetables

Red fruit parfait with ice cream

Monday, May 23th- Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Special seafood menu

Seafood pasta with lobster

Creme puff pastries

Tuesday, May 24th- Lunch & Dinner

Three course menu – 53 €

Benoit is back from the Cotignac's market. He will create delicious dishes sourced from the market.
Let's be surprised... !

We can adapt the menu for any allergy or specifit diet.

Closed on Wednesday and Thursday

jardinsecret@loucalen.com

Having grown up on a small family farm in Alsace, Benoit developed a passion for both gardening and cuisine. 

He then followed his vocation to the greatest kitchens in France under the direction of Paul Bocuse and Alain Ducasse, who went on to entrust Benoit with several of Ducasse’s prestigious restaurants in Provence and Monaco.

Seduced by the enchanting setting of Cotignac and Lou Calen’s exciting heritage, Benoit was content to return to the Var countryside and a newfound source of inspiration. Benoit enjoys working with local producers to ensure the highest quality cuisine. Benoit delights in combining flavours and textures to enhance simple yet significant seasonal ingredients.

Jardin Secret is dedicated to a well-researched ecological approach that prioritises short-circuit, zero-waste cuisine.

We are committed to working with carefully selected food producers in the region.

Our menu includes fresh fruits and vegetables directly from our garden and greenhouse, as well as seasonal products from the Cotignac market.

We offer a concise and generous menu that changes regularly, as well as themed meals and events such as concerts and other festivities.

Benoit Witz meets Huguette Caren, marking the renaissance of the once renowned restaurant at Lou Calen.

Chef Benoit Witz was delighted to cook with Huguette Caren, esteemed former owner and chef of Lou Calen.

By sharing her precious recipes for which Lou Calen was famous, Huguette contributed towards restoring the heritage of this historic venue in Cotignac.

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Join us

Nestled in the heart Cotignac in Provence, Jardin Secret invites you to enjoy exceptional food in an extraordinary setting.

The Lou Calen estate is located an hour away from Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, and 45 minutes away from the Gorges du Verdon.

Jardin Secret

13 Rue de l'Araignée
83570 Cotignac
Opening hours
Monday
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
Tuesday
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
Saturday
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm
Sunday
12:30pm - 2pm
7:30pm - 9pm