Aix en Provence is already open in the former Terra spot at 545 Providence Road, from partners who’ve long been on the area restaurant scene but never had their own place before.
The new place, from Bryan St. Clair (once a manager at Rooster’s, among other spots in town) and Patrick Garrivier (formerly GM at Lumiere, with stints at Daniel and Aureole among others), does, as you’d guess, offer French fare, but through a Mediterranean lens: Its namesake is in the south of France (think a little north of Marseille), and the restaurant includes northern Italian and northern Spanish cuisine in its sights, plus what its website calls “unique spices from different countries around the Mediterranean Sea.” (Think Morocco and other northern African influences.)
Nicholas Tarnate is executive chef; the current menu offers monkfish with farro and cilantro pistou; chicken tagine with merguez (sausage); cassoulet Campagnard (duck confit with sausage and beans); rabbit chasseur (with sunchokes), and more, along with pastas such as tagliatelle with ragout of lamb and preserved lemon, and agnolotti with butternut squash. Openers range from tarte Nicoise and mussels with harissa to frog legs and escargot. (Take a look here for more, on the place’s Facebook page.)
The current wine list is fairly short but ranges in price (about $40 to $875 – there’s that little ’83 Château Mouton Rothschild Pauillac), with short lists of by-the-glass and cocktails as well.
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Prices hover in the $24 to $32 range for main dishes; 704-332-1886.
Terra owner Thierry Garconnet closed his bistro in December after about a decade in business.