We love publishing your reviews. They’re honest (mostly!) objective, (hopefully) unrelated to advertising (bien sûr!) and cover a wide range of tastes, prices, and places. You might not always agree, the chef might be having a bad day, your standards might be higher….or lower – but they give you an idea of what’s available.
AS THE SUMMER SEASON DRAWS TO A CLOSE, SO DO QUITE A FEW RESTAURANTS IN THE REGION. DON’T FORGET TO PHONE AHEAD AND CHECK IN ADVANCE.
OUR PICK OF THE SEASON
FRIDA’S PERPIGNAN.…..with Laura and Teddy
What can I say, I love the place!
The populaire Place Rigaud in Perpignan is a multi-cultural, working class square full of comings and goings. It is also now home to an organic, vegan restaurant, inspired by the revolutionary Mexican artist, Frida Khalo.
We’ve eaten there twice now, and both times were an absolute delight. The menu is full of ingredients and flavours from across the world and chef Jean-Claude takes the time to explain your
options, which change regularly according to the seasons!
On our last visit, we shared a selection of starters, including humus, shalima and maghreb cigars (like Asian spring rolls, but stuffed with a mouthwatering concoction of veg and North African spices). I then moved onto a colourful vegetable patras (Indian curry), while my partner devoured a seaweed and vegetable lasagne. For desert, we tested the buza, coconut milk and dried fruits, and the devilishly-good chocolate truffles!
For 3 plentiful courses and a drink (wine, beer or soft drink), we paid 28EUR per person. Considering everything is organic (where possible), fresh and homemade with love, in my opinion it was
worth every penny.
As a vegetarian, you may well think I’m biased, so don’t take my word for it, take my partner’s word for it- he’s as French and as carnivore as they come!
24, Place Hyacinthe Rigaud,
Tel: 06 16 97 10 29
LES SIMIOTS, ARLES-SUR TECH….with Florence
Last week I went again to Les Simiots. I loved it!
Incredible burgers but also giant salads and meat… set menu at 13 Euros also extremely good. Really large choice of Bio wine and beers as well as the normal ones. Best to book as often full in evenings.
2 Rue de la Place,
04 68 36 45 24
EL TALLER, TAURINYA……with Nick
Went last night and definitely as superb as usual. An interesting modern building in an old village, with beautifully cooked and presented food and great service – a firm favourite for several years.
2 Le Village,
04 68 05 63 35
AUBERGE DE ROUA, ARGELES…..with Ruth
For a special night out you can’t beat Auberge de Roua in Argeles …gorgeous food and lovely setting albeit a bit difficult to find. Dine next to quiet pool bathed in glorious sunset or tucked into a cosy back room.
46 Chemin du Roua,
04 68 95 85 85
LA GAMATE, ARGELES VILLAGE…..with Marie
We loooove La Gamate in Argeles village, really nice reasonably priced meals and excellent service. Great presentation and flavour, very good value (three delicious courses for 20 euros). Consistently good.
46 Route Nationale,
04 68 81 11 34
L’ATELIER DE FRED, CÉRET….with Wendy
This is our go-to place for consistently excellent food and wine as well as great service. Not found anywhere that tops it. Lunchtime menu is fantastic value for the high quality at 25 euros for 3 delicious courses. Always love it.
12 Rue Saint-Ferréol,
04 68 95 47 41
L’ANTRE TEMPS, RENNES-LE-CHATEAU….with Dave
Original and delicious with a distinct Catalonian influence. Simple, yet quality menu that also caters for vegetarians and vegans. If the weather is good you can eat out on the terrace overlooking the chateau. Wonderful meal and service in a beautiful location.
04 68 74 28 98
CAFE DE LA FARGA, BAILLESTAVY….with Jenny
We have had the best times and meals here and would highly recommend it. Collette and Jean Luc make you so welcome, it’s really reasonable, and food is always fresh and home cooked. Cater very well for vegetarians too if booked in advance
04 68 05 96 69
GARRIGUE (RELAIS DES CORBIÈRES), SAINT PAUL DE FENOUILLET ….with Claire
Fabulous fresh food and homemade desserts, plus the best pepper sauce I have tasted. Extensive menu and always an impressive plat du jour. Perfect setting on a warm evening outdoors. Inside dining all year round.
Avenue Jean Moulin,
04 68 59 23 89
LE GECKO, CAMELAS….. with Val
Fab food all organic, beautiful outside eating in summer and cosy indoors for winter. He makes the best ‘Fraginat’ that I have ever tasted. Great fresh ingredients to suit all preferences, all superbly cooked and presented. Pretty courtyard to soak up the autumn sun.
04 68 50 75 29
COTE FRITES, CERET…..with Nora
Restaurant/snack bar with fantastic fish and chips to remind you of the UK. They do other good things too, but the chips are the best around here I think! Eat in or take away.
CERET (near the Intermarché)
04 68 88 36 88