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“Lack of attention to detail takes its toll”
Review of Les Jardins de la mer - CLOSED

Les Jardins de la mer
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 26, 2013

The setting for this restaurant is a major advantage - on the water looking over the oyster beds towards Sète, and, like most of the restaurants in the area, the seafood is fresh and simply cooked. The end result, however was varied - two very good dishes, and two which were overcooked with non-complementary garnishes. Our main criticism was that there appeared to be no attention to the quality of other ingredients on the plate. Why have watery pasta with gambas, a mess of puréed spinach with the dish of the day, and indifferent stuffed tomatoes on every plate? This is lazy cooking, and not worthy of the excellent shellfish that the restaurant has available as a base for its menu.

The service, on the other hand, was good and made up somewhat for the disappointing food.

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Thank ehles
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Meze and had a memorable birthday lunch at this very special restaurant. We have been before and will go again... soon! We had a table overlooking the Etang de Thau, sunshine blessed our lunch and the view was simply stunning.. The staff at this lovely restaurant are so helpful, attentive and nothing is too much trouble they made our visit very special indeed. The food is fresh, beautifully presented and the best seafood ever tasted, fresh oysters and mussels and fish like never tasted before.... Prices were good and the wine delicious if you want a special place then this is it!

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Thank balloonenthusiast
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Roberto our main man at Aires Du Vacances where we were staying in Pezenas told us his family for generations had been Oyster gatherers in the Sete area and sent us to
Bouzigues to Le Jardines de Mare which even consumate grazers like me knew was the ducks gutz......
So we went early but obviously not enough to be front row and it was on a monday lunch

Banished to rear seats without bookings but at least the scene was observed from a religious perspective. We could see that there was not a severe financial trauma impacting upon the Prada Peschiere as it was overflowing with well heeled patrons . It was obvious which were the blessed dishes as the obeisant went about culinary genuflections and over ordering was de rigueur.

Our problem was that we had impacted French menu awareness and for the
love of me I could not disseminate the nuances of description and so
we settled to ordering dish by dish to the chagrin of the waitress and resorted to pointing at surrounding tables dishes....... asking about the next best that came out to nearby tables.

We settled for a start up by ordering a moll or two....moules (mussels) are the Estuarine favourite .....competing with the serious Oyster gatherers that reputably are the best in France.
This was garlic heaven and had both meuniere style and stuffed.

Anyway could not leap over the Molls....sorry moules and had a double round....but the real success was my wife . Here is a person who can suck a univalve thru the shell saying she would only be able to start (after bottoming out on what she called the most original fish soup since Jesus played fullback for the Nazerines) with a half doz au naturale Oysters.

She acquiesced upon observing the plate of Oysters on the next table.
These dionysaurean mollusc's were the size of her hand and looked like....to me...... an unnatural form of gynecology.

The shear capacity of these people to eat astonished me beyond anything from the excesses of my Restaurant Days....... these pisscadooreans ate main courses for entrees and some how backed up for more.
It was at least C29 in the place ,hot as hades and there was a snooty front rower still in
his jumper and scarf sucking Helix Aspersa like there were no snails left in Southern France.
He had a snorer that would have laid to rest Jimmy Durantes proboscis and I am sure he inhaled a doz oysters septus injectus without coughing and swamped a large vino rouge to ensure the calorie intake was complete. A side show well worth watching.
Big fire pits for roasting the catch....oysters being brought in from the sea as we dined and the place was buzzing with good humour.
A pleasure to find such good food at affordable prices right upon the beds of their gestation.

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Reviewed May 30, 2012

This seafood restaurant, directly on the water south of town and not in the main tourist strip, offers local oysters, mussels, razor clams and other delights. A very local place (we were the only non-French speaking table) that I guess the locals keep to themselves. The mussels were unfortunately a bit over cooked, but the sole was outdoor-charcoal grilled and perfect, as were the oysters. The daily special, bourride of monkfish, had a wonderful white sauce. Portions are for a working man's appetite. The seafood salad a perfect, smaller starter. And right on the water overlooking the oyster beds one watches the local fishing boats about their business. A delightful find. We have been there twice and always enjoy! Reservations a Must, and get there on time or you might lose your table.

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1  Thank PanAm-Eater
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Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

If you are looking for a posh setting to impress your mother in law, go elsewhere. If you are looking for nice service and an authentic local setting with great food and and a nice view, come here. We loved the fish soup, the mussels, the fresh grilled fish, and the local Picpoul de Pinet white wine they suggested. If you don't like garlic, go somewhere else. We loved our Sunday lunch here.

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