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“Another superb meal”

Hostellerie du Grand Duc
Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Gincla
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had a marvellous Easter lunch today. The attention to detail is outstanding. The amuse-bouche was a shot of vegetable tartare, tomatoes, onion and cucumber in lightly seasoned olive oil. The chef made last minute changes to accommodate the fact that I don't eat meat by creating a special appetizer just for me, a pink beetroot and fresh goat cheese timbale. This was in addition to a shrimp and pineapple skewer and a tiny cup of squash soup - all tasted wonderful. The main course of monkfish in green peppercorn sauce with polenta and purple carrot puree for me was a delight. The other main course was a deboned and stuffed rack of lamb which was fork tender and much enjoyed. Three cheeses included a blue English shropshire ( a first for me to have a good English cheese in a French restaurant!). Dessert was layers of sablé, chocolate mousse, raspberry mousse with fresh raspberries and fresh mint - it was light and full of flavour. Good coffee to follow. As usual, the service was attentive and thoughtful. The advice on wine was excellent and the choices of local regional wines was perfect. It is a pleasure to take guests to show off the best of French cuisine in a setting like this.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

great time, great food, great service....... we ve been so please to get there, the family who s running the hotel is just fantastic, help full and so professionnal... thanks again

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3  Thank regisbarthe77
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Having seen other peoples glowing reports I was looking forward to eating here. The surroundings are lovely , excellent ambiance, friendly courteous service , food reasonably disappointing and not as good as other less expensive, local restaurants, and sadly, horrendously expensive,
The duck was correctly cooked but the sauce on it was far, far too sweet and the creme catalan were not correct as they had fruit inside which we were not informed of which also makes them some kind of tart , not a creme catalan.
We probably wont return as there is a good choice of alternative places to eat.

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1  Thank nigel p
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Reviewed September 20, 2013

This lovely former forge-manager's house is situated in the valley above ch. Puilaurens/Lapradele in Aude. The location has much to offer to the industrial archaeologist in the way of old smelting forges, a fast-flowing river, good interpretation and even a garage where classic cars are restored. But the main attraction is the lovely, family-owned and run Hostellerie du Grand Duc - named after the largest of Europe's owls (one of which adorns the restaurant, stuffed not free-flying!). Food here is based on local cuisine but with much added flair. Bruno Bruchet has won many awards and his wife, Martine presides over immaculate service. This is a place to savour local and regional cooking with a difference. Not too formal yet comfortably relaxed service complements some excellent and imaginative cooking. Highly recommended after several visits.

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2  Thank cbbarrie2016
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

We've been staying in the beautiful Aude for the past twenty years, and this restaurant consistently gives us the best meal of the holiday (and, believe me, we like our food and are really choosy!).

The Hostellerie - which is, I believe, a Logis de France - lies a few miles up a side road past the Cathar Chateau de Puilaurens. If you want to visit the Castle, I suggest that you do so on the way - you may not feel up to it after one of their lunches; it's not that the lunches are vast, they are not, but my word they're good.

Monsieur and his daughter do the cooking, which is beautifully judged and imaginative even when the place isn't busy. There's not much point in telling you about the menu, which of course changes, but always really good, and charmingly served by the son-in-law Jeremy, while Madame keeps a fierce but friendly eye on everything. The setting is gorgeous, with a beautiful terrace with fountain for the fine weather and an elegant dining-room if it's a bit chilly.

I see that the cheese trolley (note board, please note!) has already attracted favourable mention, and it is simply superb. I have never seen one to equal it even in restaurants at double the price. If you're ever down that way (and, as Michelin has it, 'il vaut le voyage'), give yourself a treat and have a meal here.

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2  Thank Sixfields
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