When he moved there in 1946, Raymond Thuilier was aware of the history of the place where he intended to create a must-see restaurant. “Le Mas de Baumaniere was built in 1634 on the slopes of the Alpilles at the entrance to Val d’Enfer, a place where Dante, so the legend goes, found his inspiration for the Hell of his Divine Comedy.” Hell? Seventy years later, the founder’s grandson, Jean-André Charial, reigns over a gourmet paradise. Here, for many years, his kitchen has produced cuisine that is simple, but not simplistic. The chef certainly does not forget the past and continues the legacy with a nod to his grandfather in a flawless, creamy red mullet covered in parmesan sauce that is enjoyed while contemplating the surroundings. A few thoughts will turn to Dante, certainly, but also to England’s Queen Mother who, drawn to the pleasures of the table, came here to honour this one of a kind Oustau.