Where to eat
La Pourpre et les Oliviers in Saint-Jean-de-Fos
On the Aniane road, La Pourpre et les Oliviers, run by chef Calixte and his team, is hidden away in one of the new contemporary houses that have recently been built at the entrance to the village. The huge dining room, which is tastefully decorated in a classic style, is well-lit by large French windows which give onto the garden. The cuisine is varied and smacks of the Mediterranean garrigue and local produce. To start, a creamy mussel soup with safran or an exotic gaspacho with crayfish. Continue with a roulade of pork with pistou (the French version of Italian pesto) or pan-fried fresh crayfish. The just as tempting desserts include warm almond cake with ginger ice-cream or chocolate soufflé with pistachio ice-cream. The wine list features a good selection of local wines.
- Tel : 04 67 57 27 50
- Menu from 16€ to 44€
Le Jardin aux Sources in Brissac
Surounded by vines and greenery, this former stagecoach post has been transformed into a restaurant. The chef, Jerôme Villod-Morel, proposes a gastronomic and creative style of cuisine, based on local produce. In the vaulted dining room, decorated in Mediterranean colours, or out on the terrace opposite the vines, you can taste inventive seasonal recipes designed to titillate the palate : roast squid with duck and herbs, lightly pan-fried foie gras with girolles mushrooms, fresh nougat of dark chocolate with a grape charlotte… The wine list offers a very interesting selection, with over 50 Languedoc wines.
- Tel : 04 67 73 31 16
- Menus from 23€ to 94€
Le Mimosa in Saint-Guiraud
Everything about this restaurant suggests subtlety, delicacy and sophistication, even down to its dishes with their evocative names : summer vegetables marinated in Picholine olive oil and honey vinegar, filet of John Dory and crayfish, purée of peas with mussel jus, strips of duck breast flavoured with jasmin tea and spiced Chinese cabbage… You are sure of a warm welcome from the owners, New-Zealander Bridget and her Norwegian husband David Pugh, who came to the Languedoc over twenty years ago. From notables to wine-makers, those that come here often, pay tribute to the extraordinary delicacy of the traditional regional dishes, which are based on local organic produce. The wine list, which has over 500 local wines, is without a doubt, one of the finest in the area. Bridget’s signature dessert is a Pavlova, from New Zealand. Everything about it, right down to the colour, suggests a dancer’s tutu.
- Tel : 04 67 96 67 96 – 58€ menu
La Table d’Aurore in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert
The restaurant of the Hotel Guilhaume D’Orange is famous for its menus featuring market produce and its specialities which include pepper and aubergine millefeuille and freshwater crayfish and trout.
- Tel : 04 67 57 24 53
- Menus from 20€ to 28€
Le Pressoir in Saint Saturnin de Lucian
Simple home cooking using local produce, where you will get a warm welcome. You can see why this inn is so popular with the region's food lovers. Isabelle and Vincent recently took over Le Pressoir, situated in an old village house in St Saturnin. Under the shade of the plane trees, or in a cozy dining room with a crackling fire, they prepare plates of charcuterie, grilled meats and fish cooked over vine wood, sausages, etc.. The wines are proposed at cellar prices, plus a corkage fee of 9€, allowing guests to taste a good range of local wines. Every third Thursday evening of the month, a food and wine pairing event is held.
- 17, Place de la Fontaine, 34725 Saint Saturnin de Lucian
- Tel : 04 67 96 70 59
- Menus 19,50€ and 24,50€, weekday menu 13,50€ except weekends and bank holidays
This green and wooded open-air space which spreads down a gentle slope to the banks of the Herault river, is an unmissable place, which is known for its surprise concerts, both lunchtime and evening, of Cuban, Brazillian and jazz music.
- Tel : 06 09 22 25 38
La Paix in Lodève
A renowned place for food-lovers, with a wine list that features 280 regional wines.
- Tel : 04 67 44 07 46
- Menus from 25€ to 50€
La Palombe at Octon
A tasty and varied cuisine using seasonal, regional produce, which lends itself to delicious menus with a hint of exclusiveness. All in a lovely rural setting.
- Tel : 04 67 95 40 07 – Menu 35€
La Terrasse du Mimosa in Montpeyroux
Do not miss this well-known wine bistrot in Montpeyroux. The wine list features over 100 references, including a good deal of Terrasses du Larzac wines.
- Tel : 04 67 44 49 80
Menus from 16,50€ to 29€