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, May 9, 2014

D’ALIBERT

D’ALIBERT – 11160 Caunes-Minervois

Caunes Minervois is a beautiful village with a history going back to the 8th century and with a lot to explore. You must not miss the marble mine with the famous red marble. The oldest restaurant and hotel in the village is d’Alibert that is going back to the 16th century and has been I the family Giuraud for generations. It is situated in the core of the village and can only be comfortably reached on foot. Next to the ancient restaurant you find the birth place of Pontus de la Gardie whose descendants for centuries became the richest and most influential generals and noblemen in Sweden, starting in the 16th century.

The restaurant d’Alibert is really worth a visit. It is housed in a historic building and the courtyard is magnificent. The dining room is a strange mixture of very attractive pieces of genuine art, mostly marble sculptures and very “kitschy” artifacts. The food is very good and the service is, represented by the owner himself, laid-back, humorous, personal and very nice. You enjoy the tasty food with a background of soft jazz music on a pleasant volume.

We all had to try something very different for starter – a crème-brûlée on foie-gras and Jerusalem artichoke. It was delicious! I had guinea-fowl and the women had lamb and confit de canard, which all were very good. It is a restaurant that serves local French food perfectly made and they serve it the old fashioned way where you get all parts of the meal separately in deep dishes, individually or for the whole table. A very nice way there everybody can help themselves to how much they like to eat or one can even share or taste each other’s dishes.

Revisited March 2015 for friends 70th anniversary: Lovely, delicious and friendly! We were 10 at the table.

Web: http://www.hoteldalibert.com/index.html
Latest visit: March 2015
Number of visits: 2

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