2020 will see many changes at Van Gogh’s table but the essentials will remain the same.
We will now offer three streamlined culinary experiences, reflecting the evolving dining habits of our guests:
“Around a cocotte”
“Over a glass of wine”
“At Van Gogh’s table”
Over a hundred years ago, Van Gogh predicted that “the modern concept of eating one course, two at the most, is certainly progress and a healthy return to true antiquity.”
In an era characterized by the pursuit of star ratings and awards, the Auberge Ravoux is embracing the simplicity and authenticity of Van Gogh.
Savour a meal at Van Gogh’s table and visit his room for an experience that feeds both body and soul.
Van Gogh’s table at the Auberge Ravoux 2020 season (7 March-15 November)
A contemporary experience of things past
In 1993, the Auberge Ravoux (www.maisondevangogh.fr) was one of the first restaurants to bring back the custom of serving meals in a cocotte, the traditional cast iron pot. That same
year, the late Paul Bocuse visited the Auberge to taste its food and, lifting the lid and inhaling the aroma of a seven-hour leg of lamb, said: “Now this is real cuisine.”
To us, this compliment is worth more than any star rating.
The Auberge’s dining room – unchanged since Vincent van Gogh took his daily meals there in 1890 – boasts a unique and timeless setting where modern technology is forgotten, and the sensory experience prevails.
In an interview in 1954, Adeline Ravoux, whose parents owned the Auberge, described “Monsieur Vincent”, as she knew him, as a friendly and polite man. “He never sent back a dish.” Van Gogh was always content with what was served and not overly fond of spending hours at the dining table. Invited to dinner at Dr Gachet’s house, he complained of having to eat four of five courses when one would suffice.
“The modern concept of eating one course, two at the most, is certainly progress and a healthy return to true antiquity.” Letter to his brother Theo, Auvers-sur-Oise, 3 June 1890
As is often the case, Vincent’s insight has proven to be astonishingly relevant today. This is reflected in the changing dining habits of the guests of the Auberge Ravoux, artist’s café and restaurant since 1876.
For the 2020 season, we have therefore decided to simplify our menu whilst condensing its flavour. We now offer three dining experiences:
-« Around a cocotte »: an Auberge Ravoux speciality served in a traditional cocotte. The menu changes weekly depending on the availability of fresh ingredients from the market. Starters or desserts can be ordered at additional cost (see the Père Ravoux menu on our website). Served from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
-« Over a glass of wine »: a sharing platter or tasting board, consisting of cheese, gourmet cold cuts or homemade pastries, all paired with a glass of wine or hot drink. Served from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
-« Around Van Gogh’s Table »: why not make a private booking to celebrate a special event with friends and/or clients? Drinks and a private tour (35 guests maximum) of the House of Van Gogh will be followed by an exclusive meal in the Auberge Ravoux dining room, at your disposal from 7 p.m. until midnight. We also offer our clients the option of designing their own menu with the assistance of our chef, using recipes from Van Gogh’s Table at the Auberge Ravoux (published by Artisan NY).
New booking system
The historical dining room at the Auberge Ravoux has room for only ten tables. To accommodate our ever-increasing number of visitors, we have decided to update our offers and extend our operating hours in order to guarantee a unique, intimate and rewarding experience.
The most innovative booking technology now allows us to deliver excellent service non-stop from 12 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Our website has also been improved and simplified with the help of our partner ZenChef.
We look forward to welcoming you to Van Gogh’s Table, where the spirit of the painter will always be respected: feet on the ground, head in the stars!
The Auberge Ravoux, known as the “House of Van Gogh” artist’s café, restaurant and wine shop since 1876
(seen here in 1890)
From 7 March, the dining room at the Auberge Ravoux will be open from Wednesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. non-stop.
Une cuisine simple et authentique, servie en cocotte à même la table.
Auberge Ravoux dite « Maison de Van Gogh »
Place de la Mairie
52-56 rue du Général de Gaulle
Press relations :
Clara Moreno – clara(at)morenoconseil(point)com
Dorothée Stumm – dorothee(at)morenoconseil(point)com
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