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

Friday, March 14, 2014

LA CAMBUSE DU SAUNIER

LA CAMBUSE DU SAUNIER – Salin de l’île St-Martin, route de l’Ayrolle, 11430 Gruissan

This is quite a different restaurant – well worth a visit. It is located at the salt production site in Gruissan. The view over the saltines is magnificent, especially in the beautiful weather we had.

They serve mainly fish and sea-food in a very simple setting, which are designed to look even more like sheds, which is quite charming. You sit on simple benches at very rough wooden tables. At every place there are a plate, glasses and cutlery wrapped in a kitchen towel like a bundle. You set your table yourself by using the towel as a small table cloth. You can choose to sit inside a glassed space, outside in shade or at the water on a jetty.

Their specialty is raw sea-food – mussels, clams and oysters but also shrimps and sea-snails. They also have number of warm dishes, mainly from the sea. A few of us had sea-food for starter and I had tiny small clams (tellines) cooked in butter with parsley and garlic, which were fantastic. All sea-food was also of high quality. My salt-baked whole fish was absolutely delicious. The desert of the house was also really good. The only dish that did not lived up to expectation was the salt baked duck breast. The plates were roasting hot, the meat was over-cooked and the vegetable dish was cold. They said they should take it away from the menu and they did not charge for it. This day they only served wine by carafe – no bottles. The wine was from the local wine yard – Cave de Gruissan – which is quite good.

If the food was of top quality the service was almost the opposite. The young waiter was trying to charm the ladies but it would have been better that he had done his job in a professional way. Misunderstanding of orders (majority of us were French) and long waiting. Half the party had finished the starters when the rest got theirs. We had to wait forever for the desert which was strange as the restaurant was more or less empty at that time.

In a building nearby there is a shop with very interesting local products – salt in all forms, marmalade, honey, chocolate, very good wine from the region and much more. This place is well worth a visit in the summer.

Webb: http://www.lesalindegruissan.fr/fr/restaurant
Latest visit: March 2014
Number of visits: 1

Friday, March 7, 2014

KLIM & KO

KLIM & KOLe Grand Cap, Chemin du Phare, 11370 LEUCATE
Guide Michelin

Stéphanie & Alexandre Klimenko has got a star in Guide Michelin for the first time. As I had my birthday we just had to try this restaurant. It has the most fantastic location on top of the cliff above the beach in Leucate. Closest neighbor is the lighthouse and the sea. The view is absolutely magnificent and the restaurant really make the best of it, as the room is surrounded by windows on three sides. The sky was absolutely clear, no wind and 15 degrees in this day in the beginning of Mars.

We had their big menu including a wine package for me as it was a special occasion. My wife was driving. The food was absolutely delicious with very distinct tastes that married well together. We especially enjoyed the little taster in the beginning and the fish dish, but everything was of very high class, maybe with an exception of the desert that was a bit too simple for a restaurant and a menu of this class. It was just four small petit-choux filled with a rhum-cream served with raisins soaked in rhum and dressed with whipped cream. It did not help that we had to wait forever for it and they forgot to take away the bread crumbs after the main course. My wife had however a very good cheese platter, but they did not offer her a piece of fresh bread to go with it.

We also had a few more small objections. The first is a bit special for me. The chairs were not of the kind you expect in such a place. They were just hard form-pressed simple cafeteria-style-chairs – maybe designed and expensive, but very bad for my bad back during a three hours lunch.

When we paid we left our AMEX-card which they should accept due to stickers at the entrance – they did not, which was a bit of a problem for us at the moment. A more subtle thing which also is a matter of personal taste is my experience of the service and human interaction. It was absolutely correct, polite and mainly professional, but I expect more in a star restaurant. It might be hard of me to say, but the service was correct and polite in the same way as you would expect from a very well trained public official. It did not give us the warm and personal feeling that most restaurants of this high class in France normally leave after a visit.

I am sure we will return here more times and combine their reasonably prized menu-of-the-day with a walk in the beautiful environment, but not for an occasion that we want to leave a memory for the two of us. I think the restaurant deserves the star for its excellent food, but they have a bit to go to “fill out the boots” when it comes to the rest that matters to customers.

WEB: http://www.klimenko.fr/
LATEST VISIT: 2014
NUMBER OF VISITS: 1

Sunday, February 16, 2014

KÖNIG

KÖNIG - Placa Independencia, 2, 17001 Girona, Spain

Fotos de König 2, Girona
Esta foto de König 2 es cortesía de TripAdvisor
This is not a gourmet restaurant, but a very good place to go to get good tapas or a burger together with friends. They also serve good German beer with distinct taste of hops, which I appreciate after the more sweetish beers from France and Belgium that we normally get in France.

We tried this place because it was the most crowded place around Place Independencia and we thought it meant something. The food was well made and not at all expensive - exactly what we were looking for after our fantastic lunch at Restaurant Nu.

Webb: http://www.konig.cat/konig_2.php
Latest visit: February 2014
Number of visits: 1

RESTAURANT NU ♥

RESTAURANT NU - c/ Abeuradors, 4 Barri vell, Girona, Spain

This restaurant was the best culinary memory from our early spring trip to Spain and normally we do not give a “coup de coeur” to a restaurant after the first visit, but this is an exception. It is a modern restaurant that serve fusion food – a crossing between the Spanish tapas culture and Asian food. Even if the tasting menu was “just” ten dishes it reminded me a lot of the fantastic 35 course dinner I was invited to in Yokohama in Japan some years ago – but this had more Spanish taste. Like in Japan, the beautiful dishes were carefully designed both aesthetically and taste-wise and served on/in containers that enhanced the experience. I will only mention one of the ten dishes – the “foie gras”. The menu says “Salt baked foie gras, Golden apple ravioli, vanilla oil and P.X.” I do not know what P.X. stands for but there was a very thin crispy “blade” of chocolate and a dust of fine coffee powder. You might not believe it but together it was fantastic. Sorry I have to mention one more thing. I normally do not eat sardines, but “Marinated sardines, cream of pine nuts, basil and parmesan cheese” was absolutely fantastic.

The staff was young and professional and very nice. The restaurant had a modern design and the chef was preparing all the cold dishes behind a counter in the restaurant, which was interesting to look at.

The experience did not suffer anything from the fact that the whole menu was under 50 Euros and we could get wine by the glass or whole bottles to reasonable prizes.

Webb: http://www.nurestaurant.cat/index.php?idm=en
Latest visit: February 2014
Number of visits: 1

Saturday, February 8, 2014

L'ASSIETTE AU BOEUF ♥

L'ASSIETTE AU BOEUF - 4 Rue de Verdun, 34000 Montpellier

Bilder från L'assiette Au Boeuf, Montpellier
Den här bilden på L'assiette Au Boeuf används med tillstånd av TripAdvisor
This restaurant is a good example of how different the taste is. We like this restaurants very much and we mostly go there every time we visit Montpellier. The reasons are many. First we like the atmosphere, which is a typical French bistro, quite large spaces decorated in an old-fashioned way. The service is friendly, professional and quick and the food is always good, but not at all expensive.

When I however read TripAdvisor I do not think we talk about the same place. Some like it like we do, but there are a lot of very negative reviews from mostly English guests. They complain about that the waiters do not speak proper English, the meat is bad and the beer is terrible and so on. The only advice I can give to English people who are not used to France and French food – go to some other place – you will not like this. Myself I think the meat is mostly very nice, the beer is different to the very good English beer but very good in its style. I however mostly drink wine to this kind of food. The waiters do not speak English, but on the other hand there are many people who do not speak French either.

Latest visit: Jan 2014
Number of visits: >10