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, September 23, 2012

EN CATIMINI ♥

EN CATIMINI - Le Château 16, Place de la République, 11200 Ferrals-les-Corbières

Restaurant En Catimini has moved from Lezignan-Corbières to the little village Ferrals-les-Corbières and is now located in a beautifully renovated town-house in the center of the village. Our first visit was the result of an invitation from one of our favorite wine producers – Famille Fabre in Luc-sur-Orbieu.

The chef had prepared a gourmet dinner there the food and wine supported each other perfectly. To remember specially was the quail that was absolutely fantastic and the whole dinner was of very high gourmet quality.

We studied the standard menus for the restaurant and found a basically traditional kitchen for the region, but with quite a few innovative varieties that we have not seen before. It seems to be the best of the local combined with a lot of innovation and new thinking.

We were sitting in the little garden there they also grow some of the products they use in the kitchen. They have an impressive wine list with local wines to very reasonable prizes. The service is friendly and professional and we will certainly come back to this restaurant.


Revisited in May 2013: It is mostly something that is not so good when you eat at a restaurant. We could not find anything the second time we visited En Catimini in Ferrals de Corbières. We decided to try one of the little more expensive menus for 40 euros as we had a simple but very good wine-testing menu the first time.  We were sitting in the beautiful garden there it was sheltered despite the little windy weather.

The chef takes her inspiration from traditional French cuisine but shows a great deal of innovation and creativity. This is a very good concept as it suits both traditionalist, who likes more generous food and the modern gourmand that love the new way of playing with texture, tastes and aesthetics. All dishes we got fulfilled both these preferences. Exceptional was the starter Sushi Catalane, based on smoked duck. We both had file of duck as main course. It was perfectly grilled and tender and juicy inside, accompanied with perfectly cooked vegetables. The cheese was a pure (potkäse) of blue cheese flavored with Calvados and served with strings of apple, peppery rocket salad and endive leaves. My cafe gourmand was overwhelming – a little of everything as it is. My wife got 40 cm of lovely chocolate mousse.

Besides having a good lunch we learned about a few new wines both with the food and afterwards when the owner and I discussed the virtue of different AOP Corbières Boutenac wines. It is possible to buy most high quality wines from the area here at the same price as at the producer’s. Served at the table the prize is double, which is a moderate profit compared to Sweden where 300% ad on would not be unusual in a gourmet restaurant.
We are so happy to have another great restaurant within 15 minutes from our home.

Revisited June 2013: We decided to eat Sunday lunch with some American friends They had never visited the restaurant and loved to go here as we had talked about how good it is. This time we had their least expensive menu. The starters were as always superb, but unfortunately the mains did not live up to our expectations. The “tête de veau” that  two of was not made in a way we liked. The mixed grill of fish was, as the leg of duck, dry. For dessert three of us had “ile flottante” and the vanilla sauce was very nice with a taste of orange flowers, but the egg white was a bit tough and not soft as I should be. We were not satisfied something that we could have accepted if we had not taken friends to the restaurant.

Revisited April 2014: If last time was a kind of mishap, this time was absolutely perfect. We had a birthday lunch for a friend and were five in the party. Gain three of us had the sushi catalane and it was delicious and even more elaborated, both aesthetically and taste wise since the first time we had it. The giant shrimps were also very good according to the rest of the party. Our friend who loves traditional food had veal kidney, which according to them was an absolute dream. Our piece of pork was tasty, tender and very elaborated.
The quality continued all through the lunch and they made a great effort to customize the dishes to my wife that have to follow certain restrictions.

The service is very professional and friendly and we enjoyed the meal very much all of us. For the first time we were sitting inside in the nicely renovated dining-room.

Revisited July 2014: The lunch of the day with our friends Anne and Janne. We were sitting in the fabulous garden in the shade. The temperature out in the street was 35 but here it was lovely. The food was excellent as usual an we all had frog legs in tarragon sauce for starters and three of us settled for rabbit and one for fish. Service could not be better. One of us have special preferences of medical reasons, which was met in every detail.

Revisited July 2017: We have not visited the restaurant for a while – there are so many good places to go in the area, but En Catimini is always on our favorite list. We went there with our grand-children and their parents. It was perfect to sit in the garden with the boys. As always, the food was excellent and specially the children liked the special children’s menu. They have really managed to prepare food that attract both the eye and the pallet of children. The boys said they were not hungry, but soon the plate was empty.
 
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/pages/En-catimini-resto/112350452127606
LATEST VISIT: July 2017
NUMBER OF VISITS: 6

1 comment:

  1. Totally agree! This is our favourite restaurant in the Region.

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