Restaurant Les Templiers: Authentic Catalan
There are over original 2,000 paintings on the walls, but none by the superstars; From Picasso to Duffy, Mucha to Survage that are known to frequent here. The restaurant is also known for having the best and cheapest cup of coffee in town
July 1982, updated June 2015
Favorite Dish: Anchovies with grilled peppers, bouillabaisse, grilled fish and crema catalana
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Restaurant Amphytrion: Pieds dans La mer
This restaurant was highly recommended by previous tenants of our holiday cottage. It has a superb location and was a pleasnt and very easy walk from our base.
The food is very good indeed and well worth the slightly "more expensive than average" tag I have given. It specialises in fish dishes but steaks and game dishes are also good.
We ate here a couple of times and enjoyed all our meals.
Just a couple of niggles.
The tables are small and very close together - both on the covered terrace and in the interior of the restaurant.
I don't think it is a good idea to try to get to know people with a mouth full nor letting food go cold in order to make polite conversation, much better over a drink!
France now has in place a total smoking ban in public places particularly those where food is served. The outside terrace here is used as the Smoking area and seems generally to work well.
However on our last visit when it was very quiet and there were only about 8 people eating in the covered Non Fumeur section of the Terrace plus two people chain smoking whilst eating their meal and talking to the Manager.
A French couple got up and left abruptly. We told our waiter that we believed we were in a non-smoking area. He had a word with the Boss who looked anxiously in our direction (managers/owners face heavy fines for ignoring the law) but she stood by whilst her friends lit up again. So we went without cheese and coffee and left early.
This would not put us off another visit but we would reserve a less hemmed in table and at the same time emphasise that we wanted a Non Fumeur area.
Favorite Dish: Fresh wild turbot grilled and sea bass, duck and lamb and all salads.
Le Dali: Our Local, a great place to have on the doorstop!
It is some time since I wrote this Review and I was reluctant to recommend it to friends who planned to stay in Collioure for a couple of nights. - we all know how things can change over time!
However with that proviso I gave them details of the Dali and so am now able to give an update based on their first hand experience. They enjoyed their first visit so much they returned the following night for what they said were two of the best meals they had on the trip.They were surprised that the prices were still very reasonable too.
This restaurant really was our "local" - just a two minute walk away from the cottage in which we were staying.
Although the choices are a little limited it offers a 17 Euro 50 3-course meal - excellent value for presentation, ambiance and overall satisfaction.
The food is modern French with lingering hints of nouvelle cuisine - many dainty touches in presentation style.
Starters include fresh anchovies and a delicious tomato dish.
Fish and meat dishes are good, and vegetables are varied and often unusual.
Wines are mainly local and reasonably priced.
Le San Vicens - Vieux Remparts: Eat seafood when by the sea!!
The restaurant is situated right on the waterfront where you can view the boats, see the chateau, and watch the interesting people go bye.
Favorite Dish: They specialise in local seafood and the fish of the season. Everything on this menu is simply divine!!
Cafe Sola: Salads and Wi-Fi
Cafe Sola consists of 3 separate spaces - the pavement cafe - now mainly used by smokers, the "conservatory" cafe and the bar area.
It is a great place for a coffee, other drinks, and snacks/ light meals - sandwiches, omelettes, salads, plat du jour etc, all reasonably priced at around 8 euros.
For sports fans it provides large screen Sky Sports TV - local Rugby teams seem to be the most followed but unlike in so many other similar places the commentary is not so loud as to drown out all chance of conversation.
Several free internet points are provided in the cafe where you can connect your lap top, or use a PC in the bar.
The atmosphere is warm and friendly and it is a place where locals and visitors stop a while.
Al Cantou Pizza au Feu du Bois: Pizza A Emporter
This very popular take-away makes pizzas to order either on demand or by telephoned orders.
The menu includes a very good selection of meat, fish and vegetarian choices and the pizzas come in tqo sizes -26cm from 5 euros, 33cm from 6 euros. A selection of wines and soft drinks is also available.
Open at 11 am for lunch and again at 6pm for evening service. Closed Dec and January.
PARAD'ICE: If you like ice cream, Para d'Ice
This is not a cafe although it is surrounded by cafes. PARAD'ICE is an ice cream stand right across from the Chateau in Collioure. It is a very busy street with a lot happening and a sea view past the chateau. In other words, stop, get ice cream, sit and relax and enjoy your surroundings.
Favorite Dish: I'm in a rut; nearly always get dark chocolate and coffee ice cream. PARAD'ICE is gelato rather than your normal ice cream. It is rich, creamy and wonderful.
The ice cream is great and it is in a very fun place to enjoy it.
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Au Casot: Beach food
The best location in Collioure, excellent friendly service and they speak English...also the food is good.
Favorite Dish: I asked for advice here....the waiter was really friendly and polite, he suggested that we try the anchovies maison and they were really nice...I also had the sangria and the special sausages....everything was excellent and the location cannot be beat
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French cuisine or seafood?
We passed this restaurant on our stroll, so we can't
really say anything about the food, the menu on the wall looked mouthwatering, though. What is certain, the restaurant's situation with a perfect view over beautiful Collioure can't be beaten.
We walked further on and tried one of the tempting fish restaurants which bordered the sea in the town centre..
Anchois RougeAnchois Rouge is...
Anchois Rouge is not a restaurant but rather a shop that stocks the essential Mediterranean food groups. Anchovies and olives cured in many ways, bread, cheese and local wines. The people of the Mediterranean have been perfecting these foods for thousands of years. You can pick up dessert at one of the neighboring patisseries. All in all, about as close to heaven as food can get.
Pan Cal: Catalan Food
Nice place, a little behind the main street circling the beach.
Touristy place, supposedly recommended by Guide du Routard. It's just confirm what lousy this guide is. A mix of catalan-spanish (even pulpo a la gallega !!) and seafood. Not so great. Good but small portions. Decent service. My rank 11/20
various locations: Ice cream stands
At various locations in the old town they sell ice cream - the best part is the way it is presented and you must see the photos...how creative, and how fun!
Favorite Dish: Try all the flavors but I suggest Cherry and chocolate - an excellent combination.
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