La Table Bretonne: Lunch in Britanny style
Lunch in Britanny style in the open air. Within walking distance of the Cathedral.
Favorite Dish: On 19 May 2010, we had a lunch here that consisted of a Salade Aveyronnaise with Roquefort cheese, plus 'Galette 3 fromages', the traditional buckwheat pancakes - ble noir - from Britanny (Bretagne). We also had icecream for dessert. For drinks we had pastis and more or less by accident instead of just one glass we also ordered an entire bottle of white wine 'Picpoul de Pinet', which we had to share between the two of us - thus turning the event into one of the most memorable lunches we ever had in France ... ! We paid 38 euro, but that, of course, included the wine.
La Gargote des Halles: Feel the vibe!
Les Halles is housed in an important Balthard style building (it is a copy of Pavillon Balthard in Paris) and we enjoyed the look of it when we stopped in front of the building to admire it. We learned that political and financial difficulties meant that the project was delayed a few times. In 1895 there was a definitive vote for its construction. Even then it took until 1897 before it was operational. The outside of the magnificent building was something to look at, but once we entered it we even more witnessed that the life and atmosphere inside was definitely a lot more charming and a kind of electric. We immediately spotted the some sellers dressed in traditional local costumes near the entrance we must say that their stalls were truly spectacular.
Right in the middle of this vibe you will find the restaurant La Gargote des Halles where the gentle Helen offers bake, broil or roast anything you have purchased on the stalls of the markets. Open only for lunch except Mondays.
- Historical Travel
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
Bar de la Comedie: Staff and service was impeccable.
Everything in Béziers is within walking distance, but bear in mind that most of the city is built on a slope. So after a period of hiking we definitely could use a refreshment. We ended up right at the city center at the beautiful Allée Paul Riquet. Right there we had a look around and kind of fell in love with the rocking chairs.
Because it is located at such a prominent spot it is always a bit of a mixed feeling to sit down, as you simply don't know what kind of price level you're talking about. We found out that the card is very nice. We saw some Langeudoc specialties like Cargolade (Catalan style of escargot) and Trinxat (Catalan cabbage and potatoes). Given the triple A location the price level is okay. Besides that the staff and service was impeccable, definitely in a very good mood.
Favorite Dish: We had the Bourride (white fish stewed with vegetables and wine, garnished with aïoli), it was great!
- Food and Dining
- Wine Tasting
- Beer Tasting
Octopus: Dining in Beziers
This restaurant's cuisine does not fit into any one category. I would call it fusion-style taking the best of several styles blending French, Asian and California. The service, presentations, ambience, and food were all superb, so that we ate there twice within five days. They kindly accommodated my vegetarian daughter with a customized vegetable dish. Excellent wine list. Reasonably priced with 2 Prix Fixe Menus (28&45E) and a la carte options. Do NOT skip dessert. This restaurant compares favorably to any 4-5 star restaurant I have eaten at in the San Francisco Bay Area. An elegant but unassuming and unpretentious dining retreat. A must in Southern France.
Favorite Dish: One single dessert combined cherry compote with iced creme-fraiche/and a petit gateau. These components were served separately on a tray and combined by the diner , so that the individual flavors (not-overly-sweet combined with slightly sour), and textures could be contrasted and savored. Extraordinary!