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, July 13, 2012

CASINO, PORT LA NOUVELLE

CASINO, PORT LA NOUVELLE - Place Paul Valéry, 11 210 PORT LA NOUVELLE


During all our visits to Port la Nouvelle we tried a number of restaurants along the promenade, but none of them were worth writing about. Many times we parked the car outside the Casino and we took a walk on the pier or on the beach, but never though that a good restaurant could hide in a casino.

Seeing people sitting on the terrace in the summer however made us go in and that came to be the first of many visits. It is without competition the best eating place in Port la Nouvelle as we see it.

A casino is a casino, but as soon as you enter the restaurant you are in a totally different environment. The view over the pier and lighthouse is splendid and in the summer you can sit outside on the terrace. The restaurant is just on the beach and you can see people enjoying themselves in the sea from your restaurant table.

The young chef really knows how to prepare good food and she can really take care of the fantastic local products that are available. The prizes are reasonable even for the most prestigious set menu. The service is nice and correct – a little of the old days with a very professional style. You need to call and make a reservation even in low season as many people have found this little treasure. If you go here for lunch you get a gourmet dish for less than a grilled fish in one of the restaurants on the other side of the road.

A special thing is that with the most elaborate set menu, everyone gets a token for the casino so they can try their luck. The ladies are always happy to use my token while I take a walk and maybe take some nice photos of the environment.

Revisited February 16, 2013: We have visited this place many times and always been satisfied. This time we were however less fortunate. As the weather was absolutely fantastic we were ready for a real good experience on the edge of the sea. My grilled mussels for starter were not very exciting. They were too muck grilled so they had shrunk to nothing and the sauce had very little taste. My wife's starter was however good. As main course I had ray, which I love, but this dish was prepared with spinach and way too salty, so I could not finish it. My wife's dish was a slice of pork tandoori style that was not tender and not very tasty. My wife got cheese instead of a sweet desert, but it was two thick slices of very simple cheese with no taste. We were both very disappointed and made remarks to the waiter. We offered us other dishes, but we did not feel for that. They however only charges us for one set menu.
We will return and give them a new chance as the restaurant always have been very good before.

Revisited November 2015: It was a long time since we were here. We had the least expensive lunch of the day, which was what we payed for. The wine from Corbières was excellent. Their more expensive menus seemed to be good value though so we might come back in the winter. The service was nice as usual.

WEB: http://www.casinodeportlanouvelle.com/restaurant.php
LATEST VISIT: November 2015
NUMBER OF VISITS: >15

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