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“Fine Bistro Food in Rural Corbieres” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Place des Marches

Place des Marches
8 Avenue de la Mairie, 11360 Villeseque-des-Corbieres, France
0468700913
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Atlanta and Limoux
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Fine Bistro Food in Rural Corbieres”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

It was difficult to find a good restaurant in the rural Corbieres until summer 2013, when the Place des Marchés opened in Villeseque, not far from the Mediterranean coast. We enjoyed lunch there this week. One of us chose the menu du jour, which is possibly the best deal in the region. The offering of the day was a starter of super-fresh shellfish with aioli, main course of a meatloaf (the traditional rousole of the area, “like Grandma used to make”), and glass of wine for 13.50€. The other ordered the 20€ menu and chose the charcuteries (an amazing selection of cold cuts), then crisply sautéed salmon with purple artichokes, and ice cream from a nearby goat farm. The wine list is brief and fairly priced, focused on well-chosen regional specialties. There was not one false note in the entire meal.
Service was friendly and un-rushed, except for the chef moving at high speed in the open kitchen. The ambiance is part village café – locals at the bar enjoying their aperitif – and serious foodies like us come from afar. Chef Eric Lalande has returned to his native region after 15 years working in USA and in fine restaurants in France to open this charming bistro. He calls it a bistro, and the prices and good service match that name, but the food is a step up in quality. The bistro’s village-friendly ambiance will help keep it going through the tourist-free winter. We drove 1.5 hours to get there, and will do it again. When you go – and you need to go – it will be best to reserve.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Peterborough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food and friendly helpful staff!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

We visited this lovely cafe often during our week in Villeseque-des-Corbieres as it was just around the corner from where we were staying. We had dinner there and sometimes just drinks or a snack. Each time we received a really warm welcome. The staff even waved whenever they saw us pass by during the day! I'm not sure what the opening times are - but I never saw the cafe closed! The food was delicious and so well prepared. We would definitely visit again if we are in the region.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Amazing food, wonderful friendly staff, affordable prices”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This restaurant has only just opened - at the beginning of August 2013 - and judging by the standard of food, the ambience and the friendly staff, it should be around for a long time. We were lucky to be staying in Villeseque-des-Corbieres so it was a short walk to the restaurant.

The menu of the day offered amazing food with the freshest ingredients at reasonable prices. Relaxing on the Place de la Mairie, surrounded by candlelight and the murmur of voices evoked a sense of magic.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful made us feel like old friends. The chef even took time to have a chat with us after he had finished for the night and, on the second night he even brought over our main course.

This restaurant has now been firmly entrenched on my list of favourites and I will be sure to visit it whenever I am in the region.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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