Large range of Sauternes by the glass, as well as Sauternes red and dry white wines.
A parade of foie-gras cooked au torchon, wild duck from the local river and succulent Charolais fillet steaks.
The wine list is comprehensive, for both local, and the best French wines of classic regions.
The hotel closes mid February for six weeks, and for the last two weeks of November Provence Languedoc Fontjoncuse: Auberge de Vieux Puits.Madame voluntarily gave up her Michelin stars so that she could lower prices and concentrate on the true country cooking of the region, and her predecessor Alain Souliac has by all accounts (I havent eaten there since) carried on that forumla.Book ahead if sncf reduction etudiant you want a final gourmet-ish dinner before catching the night ferry from the port of Caen (Caen is the name of the Port, but it is actually a big town inland: the village of Ouistreham is right at the ferry Port).With endless water and coffee served with petit fours, 238 Euros all in for two was great value.Willies food prices are very reasonable, at around 30 for 3 courses.Literally, as well as figuratively, were talking about a gourmet escape.The tiny frontage is easily missed, with a long bar beyond it crowded with happy drinkers.(0) Langon is a small town about 50 kilometres east of Bordeaux, which can be reached by a regular train service.It is shaped as a large arc around a gorgeous garden, filled with citrus trees, vines and flowering shrubs.Banyuls: Al Fanal, Ave.The menu has around 10 choices of entrées and plats, plus half a dozen desserts.
I chose a signature dish pudding; a densely-textured, bitter ganacha chocolate terrine.
In terms of food, it certainly wont based on this evidence.
The hotel rooms are nicely furnished and quite spacious, each with a terrace offering sea or lagoon views.
For a really different option, great food and a lovely atmosphere, the Pavillon Montsouris has just been refurbished and relaunched in the south of the city (near Montparnasse).It is also a little corporate and soulless however, with little of the personality of the Auberge de Puits, for example.Prices are moderate, and staff are efficient and welcoming.I stayed and ate there on two nights.But instead, we were each served with a full portion of the raviolis, followed by a full portion of the langoustine: no less than six starters for the price of two!Montpellier: Jardin de Sens, 11 avenue St-Lazare.A seared, plump two-inch thick triangle of tuna was seared on the outside, raw in the middle, and served with an intricate black olive biscuit, a salsa-like tomato remise manutan and olive chutney and a glass of pungent escabeche.
Inexpensive, yet very proper with crisp linen, sparkling crystal and fine Laguioli silverware, the food was perfect and simple: really good steaks with pepper sauce and buttery fondant potatoes washed down with a bottle of very good Anjou-Villages from Domaine Richou.
Alsace Marlenheim: Le Cerf, 30 rue General de Gaulle.
The exquisite food of Claude Darroze, together with fine wine and the restaurants unbelievable collection of vintage Armagnacs a few of which were sampled made up for slightly tired, if elegant surroundings.