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“Small, Quaint and Satisfying”
Review of La Table de Cuisine - CLOSED

La Table de Cuisine
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 10, 2012

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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Reviewed June 26, 2012

I went here in June 2012 - a faultless meal. This is not something I state lightly. Fresh, local food prepared imaginatively by the chef while his wife manages front-of-house. Good house wine. Superb value.

We had had asparagus, one fish and one duck and a strawberry dessert. All were sublime.

Try it; you won't regret doing so.

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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Nearby the much better known town of Collioure lies this unpretentious restaurant. It's a 2 to 3 person operation, and clearly knows good food.

We had just eaten a less than stunning lunch in Perpignan earlier that day (see my separate review about La Galinette), and knew this meal would make up for it.

My wife ordered a vegetarian risotto which was divine, and an apple sautéed with ice cream which she loved. Me, I ordered the ravioli for appetizer and the baby lamb for mains. The ravioli was superb, and baby lamb was decent. Dessert was a chocolate biscuit (tasted like a brownie cake) with white chocolate ice cream.

We have come to expect magic every time we step into a Bib Gourmand these days, so if this review had been written last year, it would have gotten 5. Still, it is absolutely worth dining here, and the owners were so nice, capable of speaking good English for those who cannot speak French.

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Reviewed January 21, 2012

This was the third time we went o la table de cuisine and it was again excellent! Fresh and local products, mostly bio, combined with an inventive local cuisine. The menu shows a great variety although it is small. The owners Martinez and Laurent are excellent hosts and make every person feel very welcome. Martine speaks an excellent englisch and has also always good advice in what to do in the region. The restaurant itself is beautifully decorated.
Thee is a really good quality / price ratio, which is not always easy to find in this region. St. Andre is only 15min from Argeles, the trip is worth it!it is a hidden gem in the region....

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Thank Christiane J
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Reviewed January 21, 2012

This was third time we went to the Restaurant and it was again exzellent! Local and fresh products, most of the time Bio mixed with an inventive cuisine! The owners, Martine and Laurent make every guest feel special and welcome in their really tastefully decorated restaurant. They both speak good english and are also helpful in giving advice in what to do in the region.
The price is really reasonable for the quality of food, lunch menu is under 20 Eur and dinner is about 30 Eur. St. Andre is about 15min by car from Argeles,the trip is worth it. The restaurant is a hidden gem in the region.

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