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“Lovely food in a relaxed atmosphere”
Review of Le Catalan

Le Catalan
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely food in a relaxed atmosphere”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

Le Catalan is a lovely, rustic style restaurant. The waiters are lovely and very friendly. They all speak English and are very good with the children (just as well!).

The restaurant is located on the main road and has roadworks outside, but this has no impact on the restaurant offering.

The restaurant is divided into several areas which all interlink and it has an intimate and rustic feel. You are always greeted on arrival. The menu has lots to offer, is not too expensive and they always have some nice specials on offer. Both times that we have visited I have had a pizza. The pizzas are large, very thin crust with fresh and tasty toppings. Really good. The other meals consisted of fresh fish and fresh vegetables, well cooked and presented. The childrens meals are very good, although they are very large and one meal is more than enough for 2 children to share. There is a clean fish tank, which entertained the children. The coffee is very good and there is a good choice of desserts

The service is good and efficient and the waiters are friendly without being overbearing.

The toilets are small, but clean and they were checked and replenished during our visit.

The only downside is the lack of outside seating, which would be nice when the weather is good, but for a quick lunch, a break from the sun is ok.

Will be visiting again!

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Sonning on Thames, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
“No catastrophes at Le Catalan.”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

Everything was running smoothly and generally 'hunky dory' last night at Le Catalan, located under the railway bridge which crosses Beaulieu sur / Mer's Bvd. Marechal Leclerc. (Right now, the bvd. Is undergoing a considerable up-grade: it promises to be outstanding come completion. Meanwhile, I pity the poor retailers, incl. the restaurateurs, all of whom are obliged to cope with all of the turmoil and disruption usually associated with major civil engineering works of this sort. Mind you, the footwork of pedestrians is similarly put to the test).

Le Catalan is a sort of 'all things to all peoples' place. Certainly, it's 'dress down'. We were probably the third set of couples to have arrived and we were offered a multiple choice of tables. My wife chose to sit at a strategically placed one where she could look out towards the blvd. whilst I faced the open fronted kitchen with its pantiled roof on top of which sat various paraphernalia of the farmyard variety from which the restaurant takes its theme. There to the left, was the wood-fired pizza oven with the pizza chef beavering away and, in a timely fashion, reaching for his ultra-long wooden pizza spatula. He clanged the overhead cowbell when an order was ready for the waiters ... a sound that was distinguishable from a similar bell, at the other end, which is used for non-pizza orders. A nifty little arrangement.

The day's soup was Onion and we both had it. All you would expect from a decent French Onion Soup. Sole Meunier was the night's fish highlight and my wife ordered it. It was of very decent size - by no means a 'slip' sole. Often, chef's do not get meunier as it should be - lacking that nut brown & squeezed lemon finish. But not here. This sole meunier was served with a melange of vegetables and pomme frites (our choice, rather than the parsleyed potatoes on the menu ) ... not necessarily the best pomme frites but certainly adequate. My entrecôte was of sufficient size as to echo that of a small Persian rug. I think that chef went that extra mile with his meat tenderizing hammer. But it was cooked exactly the way I asked for it to be and it was juicy. The accompanying tomato salad (my choice) was generous in size and well 'vinaigretted' in finish. Pomme frites were similar to those described earlier. We passed on the puds., despite there being an enticing selection from which to choose. The half bottle (50cl) of Figuieres red did my entrecôte proud, as did rose by the glass to my wife's sole. A litre bottle of San Pelegrino made us both feel righteous!

By now the restaurant was pretty full but due to its spaciousness and sensible configuration of the tables, by no means uncomfortable. There were families dining, some with little toddlers ... blue collar as well as red collar workers ... some couples who looked as though they were getting ahead of this year's Cannes Film Festival ... and of course, us!

A successful night out - in a laid-back yet, professionally run restaurant - made more successful by the competence of our waiter. Euros 93.60 , incl. sevice and the usual taxes. If a Le Catalan look-a-like were in walking distance of our home, it would be chock-a-block every night.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Barton-bonviveur
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UK
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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“We rolled out very full and happy!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

After walking into Beaulieu from Villefranch sur Mer, my husband soon started to panic about his stomach, so this was one of the first restuarants we saw, with a very tempting Plat du Jour on offer: faux filet steak (sirloin), frites, salad and a lovely celeriac puree for 17 euros.
It was the biggest steak we had ever seen, all washed down with their beer on tap - blonde deluxe. Very good value. Great service and packed wih locals too, which is always a good sign.
Remember steaks in France are cooked a little rarer than they are in the UK, so if you ask for medium it will be rare, so order it well done or it will be very bloody.

  • Visited December 2012
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“OK - but could offer better value and hospitality”
Reviewed December 8, 2012

At 30+ Euro per person for two courses, I expected something special. Instead, we had acceptable but not special food, rushed service and an atmosphere that was more cafeteria than restaurant. They did a very good Lamb Shank, but the Pizza and Pasta was underwhelming - frankly you'd be better off at the local takeaway.

Visited December 2012
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Thank James B
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West Of Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“excellent food at very good prices”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

Whole lobster for less than €30 was amazing. The choice was great and there were specials each evening. We ate there twicw--it was so good.

Visited September 2012
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