We walked down Cours de la Republique looking at menus and enjoying the lively market on the Promenade opposite. After much research, we decided on Restaurant les Barques. The menu looked good; the prices looked good . . . and there was a nifty pirate outside the doorway.
They had outside seating but it was chilly for us so we went inside and were the only English speakers there. It was packed but we were seated and service was excellent and friendly. Everyone inside seemed to know each other so they must all live or work in the area. Lots of little kids enjoying the pirate theme . . .
Favorite Dish: We got the daily special – hot goat cheese salad, confit de canard and moelleux au chocolat. These are all favorites of mine and if they are on the menu, I'll usually order them. You really can't ruin them and they are delicious. This was no exception. We had a really fun lunch in the nice warm, cozy and crazy pirate den.
It's fun and if you have kids with you, don't miss it.
Making your own food at the campsite is simply a great way to spend time with friends and family, to entertain and to simply enjoy your background. Having a so called “meal at home” is becoming increasingly popular and the eating out is decreasing, probably a budget thing. But anyway, it brings your cooking outside – so you don’t have to miss out on the fun while still preparing a tasty and memorable meal.
I guess that making your own meal has numerous regional variations in many parts of the world. We like to stay outside, have a cold beer or good wine and communicate with each other while one is putting the meat on the gas cooker and enjoy each other’s company. This time being together is quite priceless and therefore we had a few meals of our own during our stay in Narbonne. The surrounding was beautiful at the patio of our mobile home, the sun going down and the lake Étang de Bages in the background. No restaurant in the vicinity could top that! At the local shops we bought some fine pasta, meat and fish and (of course) the necessary beer and wine.
Why did we visit Le Soleil Noir? We think that this is a very good and valid question, because Narbonne does have a choice in bars, restaurants and pubs -> So why have a drink at this one? The answer is rather simple ... Some time ago, work in the Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, the main square, uncovered part of the Roman road, the Domitian Way (Via Domitia). This has been conserved and is now open to view. Right at this historical spot the pub Le Soleil Noir has situated their terrace, which of course it quite unique. And after our hike in the old town we could not resist to have a nice and cold refreshment.
The pub Le Soleil Noir offers a warm welcome to friends and newcomers alike, together with a choice of some nice cold beers and wines by the glass. Enjoying the sun and the nice company and that's all I need I guess.
Favorite Dish: We don't have a favorite dish, because we didn't eat here. We only had a cold and nice refreshment.
Sometimes it's hard to figure out in what restaurant te eat whenever you're not known in the city. Particularly when you learn that there are plenty of restaurants in Narbonne. Therefore it's always good to simply ask someone about it and via this advise we ended up at Ave Domitius for a great pasta and pizza. Ave Domitius is a family owned and operated restaurant in the old town of Narbonne since 1979. They are serving their own pan style pizza in three sizes. NO slices here, but a great personal pan size that is always made fresh to order. Only the best and freshest of ingredients are used to make the pizza dough and Maria's famous cheesecakes. If you ask the owner John what his secret is he will tell you "Everything good comes from quality and the freshest of ingredients!" No arguments there.
Of course, there is much more than pizza, like the "Seafood Fra Diavlo" and "Veal Cutlet Parmigiana", they are said to be the best in Narbonne. But that isn't all, Via Domitius is well known for the "Carbonara Sauce!" So we experienced the friendly atmosphere at this nice restaurant.
Favorite Dish: "Seafood Fra Diavlo" and "Veal Cutlet Parmigiana", they are said to be the best in Narbonne.
We had an excellent light lunch at this crêperie. The inside is very tastefully decorated and air-conditioned! They also have a few tables on the (pedestrian) street.
We each had a galette bretonne which is a crêpe made with buckwheat flour. Ours was hearty, filled with ham and cheese. Mine had a sunny-side-up egg on top. We drank a whole bottle of good Breton cider.