Restaurant & Chambres d’Hôtes
A warm welcome awaits from dynamic husband & wife team, Ingrid & Nicolas, in this delightfully renovated 1880s former maison viticole. Now a light and cosy restaurant with a modern Bistro feel, it has a leafy terrace and 5 attractive en-suite bedrooms if you want to make a night of it!
Menus are presented on ardoises (slates) and start at 24€ for two courses or 29€ for three.
There is no separate à la carte menu, but you can choose individual starters at 11€, main dishes at 17€ and desserts at 7€ from the 29€ selection.
The accent is on seasonal and local produce with fruit and vegetables from Laroque-des-Albères, fresh fish from Argèles and Port-Vendres, wine from Villelongue-del-Monts …
This is undoubtedly gastronomic cuisine. Ingrid and Nicolas are aiming for the stars and although recently open (first anniversary on 12th April!), they have already earned a bib gourmand in the Michelin guide of Bonnes Tables – an award which highlights ‘good food at moderate prices’.
For starters I chose Poireaux fondants de Mathieu – lightly cooked leeks home-grown by Mathieu in Maureillas-las-Illas with rich oxtail and an unusual yet delicate anchovy sauce.
My Cochon confit de Monsieur Bonzom (whose pigs lead a happy life up in Saillagouse I understand!) au miel et gingembre was tasty braised pork. It’s just one of their specialities. I loved the sweet & sour flavour, but couldn’t really pick out the ginger. This was accompanied by small potatoes and a delicious bed of fine braised lettuce with chestnuts. My dessert of pomme fondante, gauffre croustillante et sauce caramel was just right – a refreshing way to end a meal.
I should mention the extensive wine list which changes to match the dishes and wines are available by the glass too.
If you enjoy good, well-presented nouvelle cuisine, Côté Saisons is definitely worth a visit.
Currently closed Wednesdays and Thursdays.
10 avenue de la Côte Vermeille
To book a table and a room: 04 34 12 36 51