Guided by the passion of chef Benoit Witz, the restaurant invites you to its 200-year-old country house and garden nestled in the hills, vineyards and olive groves of Cotignac.

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.

Monday, November 8th - CLOSING

Jardin Secret restaurant & Lou Calen hotel are closing from November 7th for dinner to December 10th for lunch.

We will be happy to meet you for Friday dinner on the 10th.

See you soon !

Friday, December 10th for dinner

Menu in 3 plates – 48 €

Will be published soon...

Friday, December 24th for dinner

Special Cristmas Menu – 85 €

A welcoming champagne with canapés such as truffle rosties, pastry rolls, smoked salmon maki and foie gras paté toasts

Scallop slices with fine jelly and Osciètre caviar

Free-range capon with truffle and winter vegetables 

Melting Vacherin cheese fire-baked and flavoured with black truffle

Traditional Christmas log with chestnut and clementine

Coffee and tea with sweet treats.

Saturday, December 25th - IT'S BRUNCH TIME !

Brunch – 75 €

Traditional pastries served with pressed fruit juices, coffee and fresh fruit to whet your appetite.

A fine selection of wines and an optional glass of spectacular champagne

Oysters and seafood, raw and cooked, served on crushed ice

Cured meat selections alongside generous salads and eggs scrambled with truffle

Salt crusted fish with truffle puree

Slow cooked lamb shank alongside a stew of root vegetables

An expansive cheese board with green salads and chutneys

A selection of homemade desserts including tarts, poached fruits, pancakes and sponge cakes.

Friday, December 31st for dinner

Special NYE Menu – 98 €

A welcoming cocktail accompanied by savoury pastry bites and steamed breads alongside aged cheese, marinated salmon and caviar

Winter vegetables flavoured with black truffle

Lobster casserole with citrus flavours

Slow-cooked haunch of venison with fried pasta and mushrooms

Rich brie infused with truffle

Honey crunch dessert with chestnut and blackcurrant

Sweet treats and delicacies. 

Saturday, January 1st - IT'S BRUNCH TIME !

Brunch – 75 €

Traditional pastries served with pressed fruit juices, coffee and fresh fruit to whet your appetite.

A fine selection of wines and an optional glass of spectacular champagne

Oysters and seafood, raw and cooked, served on crushed ice

Cured meat selections alongside generous salads and eggs scrambled with truffle

Fried scallops with parsnips and fresh beans

Roasted and layered winter vegetables

Shoulder of beef Wellington with a green salad 

An expansive cheese board with salads and chutneys

A selection of homemade desserts including chocolate buttons citrus delicacies, poached fruits and lemon tarts.

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
Our restaurant is closed for autumn season from November 7th to December 10th. Reopening December 10th for dinner. See you soon !