Set in its own grounds filled with age-old trees native to the Mediterranean, this restaurant has over the years been shaped by Michel Kayser in his own image, that of a poet of the gastronomic arts with two Michelin stars to his name.
Michel Kayser in his own image, that of a poet of the gastronomic arts with two Michelin stars to his name. The Lorraine-born Michel Kayser, a Maître Cuisinier de France, joined Alexandre in 1983 as head chef before unexpectedly obtaining a first star in 1987, buying the establishment with his wife Monique in 2001, then being awarded a second star in 2007! As an extra reward, the Guide Champérard has just named him Chef of the Year 2014. And rightly so, given the unforgettable tastes revealed in his culinary world, with cooking that is skilful, meticulous and very much of the South. “To sublimate the products of the land and integrate them into recipes where they are not expected, without ever distorting them”: that is the main theme of his cuisine, which arouses unusual emotions: discovering an île flottante with Provencal truffles in a sauce of Cévennes mushrooms is quite simply a magical experience. Michel Kayser has made his restaurant a unique place, reflecting the soil of the Languedoc and local expertise. It is a place that combines gastronomy and the art of living, the delights of the table and the pleasures of an exceptional experience. Since 2009, it has been part of the Relais et Châteaux collection.
In its unpretentious way, Michel Kayser’s restaurant aims at honesty, sophistication, and an atmosphere of sharing and conviviality, a feeling very much reflected in the manner in which Monique welcomes the customers. The relaxing Zen décor confirms this desire not to overdo it: no fuss, no pomposity here, everything is designed to make the customer feel comfortable. Hardly surprising, then, that it has become an embassy for gastronomy for the whole of the Nîmes region. Michel Kayser’s establishment never rests. His motto: “Here we cultivate paradise…” Don’t hesitate to pay a visit: Michel Kayser had found the recipe.