We have been quite regular recent visitors to the area but this is the first time this restaurant appeared on our horizon so apart from a relatively glowing entry in the most recent Michelin Red Guide we had no sense of what it might be like when we booked. It's located in a backstreet in the village of Saint-Andre a few kilometres inland from the campsites of Argeles. It is a very compact restaurant with a maximum of 20 covers so booking is probably essential. The size is reflected in the operation which apparently rested entirely on a single chef and [presumably] his partner who was front of house. Considering this the place ran with commendable efficiency and the food was very good.
Staters of anchovies and tomatoes were excellent and the duck cooked with a fig reduction was pronounced superb. Mains of lamb served with pureed potato used high quality meet and were perfectly cooked. Deserts were up to the same standard. The menu was clearly devised on the back of what was available and the wine list drew on local producers; the latter is a virtue as Roussillon wines [though little known in the UK] are now of a very good standard. House wine by the carafe was excellent value.
There were 6 of us including a ten and six year old. The restaurant caters for children by offering either a children's menu or a half portion of adult dishes. Our two are by no means gluttons but the child portions fell short of their appetites so they additionally ate a shared adult dish; that tells you they too enjoyed the food.
Service seemed unaffected by its dependence on one person. She was slightly forbidding in a whimsical way when we arrived [we were the first customers by some margin] and we were not entirely sure how to take her. However she quickly assumed a more humorous approach and the evening passed off extremely successfully after probably the best food I've eaten in the area.
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