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

LE SAINT CLAIR

 LE SAINT CLAIR - Rue du Mont Saint-Clair, 34540 Balaruc-les-Bains

We have only been there once, but it was an experience. It was a birthday and we enjoyed the food enormously. The restaurant Saint Clair is a gourmet sea-food restaurant. Most people in the area say it is the best sea-food place around L’Etang de Thau. The reason why we have not returned after the first time is that we have gone to the neighbor restaurant Le Grand Large that has the same owner and is a little less expensive, but has fantastic food and very nice service.

If you are in the Sète area and really want to experience the best sea-food the region can offer – this is the place. So why go away from Sète? The reason is that because of the many tourists Sète restaurants concentrate rather on prize than quality in the summer. It is hard to get the best sea-food in "the center of sea-food" in south of France. A few kilometers away in Balaruc-les- Bains it is a different thing.

Revisited May 2013: It was quite a while since we were at this restaurant. As the first time it was a birthday we celebrated. The food was excellent as we remembered from last time, perhaps a little more elaborated this time.

The starter we all but one had was their foie gras which is something extra. It was foie gras prepared in different ways presented in a very aesthetic way. All but myself had beef for main course, which was excellent. As this is a fish restaurant I had Bourride de baudroie. It is classic dish that takes a lot of time to make at home so I took the opportunity to eat it here. It is however very filling.

Revisited September 2013: we were slightly disapointed this time. My favourite starter with foie gras was not as it normaly is. The starter with Saint Jaques was tastless. The two fish-dishes we had were good, but my wifes lamb was not at all up to standard - tough and not very nice pieces. My dessert was delicious, but the cheese plate was not at all of French standard.


WEB: http://www.restaurant-saintclair.com/accueil.html
LATEST VISIT: 2013
NUMBER OF VISITS: 2

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