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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

AUBERGE DU SOMAIL

AUBERGE DU SOMAIL, 1, chemin de Halage, Le Somail

Canal du Midi is really popular among tourists. French people are in minority in restaurants there Dutch, English and German are common languages. As always in these places it is quite uncertain to find a good quality, restaurant in the summer. Mostly the quality is mediocre because the customers will just visit once anyway.
We have however visited the restaurant Auberge du Somail a few times and the quality of the food is quite good. The salads are generous and the meat is tender. The service is also fairly good, but it takes quite a time sometimes even outside rush-hour. This time the person who serves us addressed us in Norwegian when he heard us talking Swedish. It was quite nice for both us and him to be able to communicate in our native languages.
The only irritating thing was the dog of the house that was running around the tables begging for food. He did not - excuse me - look very healthy and scratched himself viciously all the time. It really affected my appetite and I was thinking of what kind of bugs had caused his hair to fall off in parts.
If you happens to be in Le Somail, this is a god place to eat.

Web: http://www.aubergedusomail.com/
Latest visit: August 2014
Number of visits: 4

Saturday, July 12, 2014

LA LUCIOLE

LA LUCIOLE – 3 Place de la République, Luc-sur-Orbieu

We visited this restaurant many years ago when we had just moved to France. We were happy that a restaurant had been open just 10 minutes from us. The service was pleasant and the food all right, but nothing to remember or write about. It was the usual standard dishes in “sous vide” version. I visited it together with a couple who are distant cousins, who I met through my genealogy blog and I and my wife have been there once more through the years.

The other night we came to talk to the owner of the wine castle in Luc and she said the food had improved enormously. La Luciole has been awarded two knives and forks by Guide Michelin. Off course we had to try and went there for the today´s lunch.

We were quite satisfied, me more than my wife, but she had something she normally does not have just to be different. My lunch was really good and I cannot do anything but congratulate the owners to the enormous improvement. I am looking forward to eat one of the more elaborate menus – I am sure it is very good.

The service is calm and friendly. I specially appreciate the relaxed atmosphere. The lady who serves does not run around like she was in great hurry, but serves us in a relaxed and professional way contrary to many restaurant people nowadays. The actual restaurant is very simple indoors. I think it is best on a warm summer day when you can sit outside in the open on the nice little square.

Web: http://restaurantlaluciole.fr/
Latest visit: July 2014
Number of visits: 4

Monday, June 9, 2014

LA TABLE DE SABINE

LA TABLE DE SABINE - Quai Landy, Calvi, Corsica

We had a very good lunch at this place which was good value. They also served one of the few acceptable wines we had in Corsica. So - we decided to return in the evening. In the evening I decided to take them up on the suggested fresh grilled fish and my wife had veal. The fish was good, but not as elaborated as you would expect for a price of 70 euro per kilo. My wife's veal was over-cooked, dry and not tender.

It did not make the situation better that a group of 20 Harley-Davidson drivers of our own age with substantially younger spouses came in and started to behave like drunk teenagers on vacation.

The service in this restaurant is however very professional and friendly. The view from the restaurant is magnificent.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1

A STREGA

A STREGA - Le Port, Erbalunga, Corsica

This is not a restaurant worth a detour for, but if you are in Erbalunga and just want something simple to eat down at the harbour, this is a good choice. They have a quite good pizza and the view is magnificent. They however do not accept cards of any kind.

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Latest visit: June 2024
Number of visits: 1

L'ISULA

L'ISULA - 7 rue Clémencau, Calvi, Corsica

We were a bit tired of eating fish every day so we decided to eat meat this evening. We ordered what we thought would be their best meat-dish. They asked how we wanted it cooked and we were expecting something extra as it was file with white truffles. When the meat came it was heavily over-cooked. Mine was medium, which was ordered red and my wife's, which was ordered medium  was well done, totally dry and grey. We should have ordered fish as other people did and they were very happy with their meals.

The waiter was devastated and offered to give us new meat, but as we had to wait forever for our food and was really hungry we finished most of it despite the quality. We did not want to wait for another 20 minutes.

The waiter was very nice and she only charges us for one meal. We think it was just a misfortune, that was not typical for the restaurant. The dessert was very good and the cheese we got was also very good.

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Latest visit: June 2014
Number of visits: 1