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.

Saturday, December 24 - Dinner

Christmas Eve - 24th December - 85€ (excluding drinks)

Nibbles with a glass of champagne

Seared langoustines with lemon gremolata garnish, coriander caviar and a herby purée

Scallops spiced with fennel, with truffle and hazelnut butter foam and caviar pearls

Capon-style quail stuffed with foie gras and hints of root vegetables, with a winter garnish

Truffled Brie de Meaux with a lambs lettuce salad and dried fruits

Traditional Christmas Yule log, with a hazelnut chocolate and yuzu cream, and golden flakes

Sweet treats

Saturday, December 31 - Dinner

New Year’s Eve - 31st December - 105€ ((excluding drinks)

Nibbles with a glass of champagne

Lobster bisque with porcini mushrooms and a shellfish bruschetta

Scallops with black truffle in carpaccio with an olive oil and verbena sauce

Sea bass tournedos with a thin slice of Iberian ham, and creamy Jerusalem artichokes with crispy bits

Milk-fed lamb Wellington with black truffle and root vegetables, with a herb jus

Homemade ice cream with chestnuts, wild blackberries, and Cotignac honey

Sweet treats


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

Closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Our restaurant will temporarily close its doors from November 7th to December 8th inclusively

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.


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
CLOSED until December 8th
CLOSED until December 8th
CLOSED until December 8th
CLOSED until December 8th
CLOSED until December 8th