The restaurants recommended in this blog have all been visited by me and my wife and often with friends. We have visited them at least once. I only recommend restaurants that have a quality that, in my opinion, makes them worth a visit.
Some are world class restaurants, some are very simple, but the food is always worth the price and the chefs have prepared it with pride and love of good food.
The food is essential for being mentioned here. Minor problems when it comes to service and other things are mentioned but does not disqualify them from being recommended.
We have also eaten in some restaurants in the area that do not leave any memories worth writing about.
Finally we have been to very few bad restaurants and have been badly serviced in a few.
These three categories are marked differently in List of Restaurants.
marks our special restaurants. On the map they are found by the red marks and in the search term list under coup de ceur

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LE BLEU

LE BLEU - 19 ave de la Mediterranée, 11370 Leucate - La Franqui

There are a number of restaurants at La Franqui Plage and we tried the largest one last time we were there. It was not good - the food was of not so good quality and the service unpleasant. This time we went a few steps down the street and found the little restaurant Le Bleu, which has a few tables in the shadow under some palm trees and looked quite nice. It is not a gourmet restaurant, but a very pleasant beach restaurant. The service was very friendly and the food was of good quality and well made.

My wife had a whole grilled dorade that was big and perfectly cooked. I had an entrecöte, that was not an entrecôte, but more a sirloin. It was however tasty and perfectly cooked to my liking. The home made deep-fried potatoes were delicious.

The restaurant had also a good selection of desserts, drinks and other small thing and, most important for a beach restaurant, they were open all day.

It is only one little thing we did not like. 19 euros for an entrecôtes that is something else and 23 euros for a grilled fish, even if it was large and well cooked is a bit too much. Compared too the other place we have tried along the avenue it is however to recommend.

WEB: http://www.bar-lebleu.com
Latest visit: 2013
Number of visits: 1

Thursday, September 19, 2013

LA PENICHE

LA PENICHE - 19, quai des Tonneliers, 11200 Homps

As we did not want to disturb Restaurant En Bonne Compagnie across the canal we went to La Pénich that we had been to a couple of times before and found quite pleasant. The service is good and friendly. Many of the staff can speak English which is almost necessary around the Canal du Midi nowadays. The food is good and it is the kind of no-nonsense cuisine that you might appreciate for lunch. They have a large selection of pizzas and a couple of set menus with traditional French food.

There is an inside restaurant and a few tables on the side of Canal du Midi. The main part of the restaurant is in the back garden which is divided into one open part there you can smoke and a glass-walled part what is possible to cover if the sun is to disturbing.

WEB: http://www.restaurantlapeniche.fr/
LATEST VISIT: 2013
NUMBER OF VISITS: 3
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Monday, September 16, 2013

CAFE BRASSERIE LA PROMENADE

CAFE BRASSERIE LA PROMENADE - 8 Bvd de la Promenade, 11220 Lagrasse

Cette photo de Café Brasserie la Promenade
est fournie gracieusement par TripAdvisor 
There are quite a few restaurants in Lagrasse and several along La Promenade. One of the least remarkable on the outside might be Café Brasserie la Promenade. It is basically a bar, but also a café and brasserie and the combination makes it quite noisy inside during lunch,

Do not hesitate to try it. The food is excellent and the service nice and quick. We were there the other day with some friends and had their 19 euro set menu. The entrécôte was tender and perfectly cooked and my confit de canard was very tasty. The salad and plate of charcuterie we had for starters were rich and very good and the desserts were good as well.

Revisited September 2014: This is one of the places we always get good traditional food. They are open only for lunch, but every day of the week.

WEB: www.cafebrasserielapromenade.com
LATEST VISIT: 2014
NUMBER OF VISITS: 4

Saturday, September 14, 2013

LE VITALIANO (Closed)

LE VITALIANO - Cours Mirabeau 9, Narbonne


The large open area around Canal de la Robine in Narbonne is now finished and has come out quite nice. A number of new and existing restaurants have appeared from the cement-dust and machinery noice. One of these that has suffered seriously from having a big hole in front of their entrance for months is restaurant Le Vitaliano.

We visited the restaurant the other day and was very satisfied. They served two excellent pieces of meat – an entrecote for me and a piece of lamb to the ladies. Both were tasty, perfectly cooked and tender. The service was nice and professional. We will certainly return to this place again.

WEB:
LATEST VISIT: 2013
NUMBER OF VISITS: 1

Thursday, September 12, 2013

RESTAURANT PIERRE


RESTAURANT PIERRE - 7 - 9 rue Dufour, 71000 MACON 

We found a very good gourmet-restaurant in Macon. The name is Pierre and is owned by Christian and Isabelle Gaulin. The restaurant is well designed and the service professional and nice. We had their least expensive set menu and it was really good. I would not be surprised if they get a star in Guide Michelin soon, but they might not want that. At the moment they are awarded two knives and forks.

The little teasers we got to warm up was excellent and the starter based on bresaola was as well. The main dish was lamb cooked slowly at low temperature accompanied by perfectly cooked vegetables. It was very good. My wife, as usual, asked if she could change the dessert to cheese. Normally cheese was an add-on to the set menu. It was no problem and no extra charge. My dessert was copious, but I could not resist anything. My wife could have a free choice from the cheese trolley. As if that was not enough they came with a big selection of goodies to have with the coffee. 

There was just one problem that the restaurant could not help. During starter a party of four American couples entered the restaurant and made it impossible to eat, talk or relax. They were yelling, laughing and made such noise that the rest of the guests could not stay. The staff was apologizing, but could not tell them to lower their voices.  They instead evacuated the rest of the guests to an inner room so the Americans were on their own in the main restaurant. Interesting enough they did not seem to notice that all guests were passing by their table with their wine glasses, going somewhere else.

It is important to say that it was not young overexcited people, but middle-aged, well dressed normal couples, there especially the women could not talk without screaming with a high pitch voice and were constantly laughing their heads off. It is not the first time we had had this problem with Americans in restaurants, but of all our numerous American friends we can not imagine they would behave like that. Strange?

WEB: http://www.restaurant-pierre.com/
Latest visit: September 2013
Number of visits: 1