The owner of a chamber d'hôte in Bram booked us into this restaurant for dinner. I'm not sure we would have walked in as it is unprepossessing on the outside, but we enjoyed our meal very much. The whole restaurant is very simple with tiled floors and simple wooden chairs and tables, and the food is also very simply presented, but it is excellent.
We began with a salad of warm goats' cheeses with nuts and honey and a foie gras with figue conserve and hypocras. Chef appeared with our food and explained which local farm the goats' cheeses came from and (proudly) how the foie gras was all prepared in house. Both dishes were absolutely delicious. Our main courses were a tournedos Rossini and cassoulet. The steak for the Tournedos was rump rather than fillet, and not the tenderest, but the taste was excellent. The cassoulet was superb and madame took trouble again to explain the provenance of each component. I loved the way the duck cuisse stuck up above the unctuous beans and became glazed and crunchy. Gorgeous.
I didn't have room for a pudding but my husband had a crema Catalana (the restaurant is decorated in Catalan red & yellow) and it was very nice, though the topping was over-browned. It was a shame that there was no dessert wine to accompany it.
We paid €85 for this meal with two glasses of (very good) Blanquette de Limoux and a demi of house red. I thought it was good value. Four stars rather than five because of a toughish steak and overbrowned pud, but I would wholeheartedly recommend this friendly spot for a true taste of local produce and cooking.
You will enjoy your visit more if you have some French: Madame's English is perfectly functional but I enjoyed talking to the chef about the local ingredients, and he seems to speak French mostly.
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