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“Excellent value for mony 15€ lunchtime menu”
Review of L'autre Jardin

L'autre Jardin
Ranked #2 of 31 Restaurants in Mirepoix
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $42
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 23, 2014

I have already reviewed this super restaurant before, but as I have visited it several times again this Spring and never been disappointed I feel another entry here is justified.

The quality has been maintained but two welcome new additions are the fixed price menus (before there was only the à la carte choice). Now there is a 24€ menu and another at 14€ for two courses or 15€ with dessert. This is the one I want to write about as it represents superb value for money in a town where the rather touristy cafés in the centre can easily cost you much more.

Yesterday I had tapas as a starter: mountain ham on bruschetta rubbed with tomato and garlic, marinated anchovies with basil and a bowl of tiny clams. To follow there was a duet of cod and salmon fillets baked in foil with lemon and basil on a base of red peppers and courgettes , making a delicious home-made version of ratatouille. The pudding was a chocolate 'fondant' with a genuinely melting centre, not the dry solid sort that is too often the sign of something bought in.
All this for 15€. Portions are not huge but sufficient and the whole meal is well balanced and harmonious.
This menu changes daily and is available at lunchtime on Monday Tuesday and Friday, although Monday tends to be very busy as it is market day.

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3  Thank Brian S
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Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

We ate here for the second time and were as impressed as much as on our first visit. Excellent meal with efficient and friendly service. Food was all cooked to perfection. We will definitely return again.

3  Thank Greg P
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We ate here in 2013 when it had just opened and it was OK. The setting is lovely and the staff are friendly, but we have just re-visited for lunch and I fear that it has gone downhill.
The risotto was inedible: two of us ordered it and we left most of it. On complaining I was told 'that risotto tasted like that'
And it was soooo slow

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1  Thank Snoot
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emmanuelle f, Gérant at L'autre Jardin, responded to this reviewResponded April 22, 2014
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Bonjour Monsieur,
Nous avions pris le parti de ne répondre à aucun avis postés sur ce site, mais je crois aussi qu'on ne peut pas laisser tout dire....
Je vois que vous avez été prompt à manifester votre mécontentement suite à votre visite d'hier. Cela ne me surprend pas, il est toutefois dommage que vous ne vous soyez pas manifesté après votre première visite l'été dernier, qui s'était visiblement bien passé. Pourquoi mettre plus de cœur à manifester un mécontentement ?
Sachez toutefois que nous prenons note de votre avis et sensibilité, et que nous sommes vraiment désolés de n'avoir pu vous satisfaire et répondre à vos attentes.
Vous nous avez effectivement fait part de votre insatisfaction vis à vis de votre plat, préparé le matin même, ce qui nous a vraiment touché. Toujours à l'écoute de notre clientèle, et suite à votre remarque, nous avons sollicité l'avis des personnes présentent concernées par ce même plat , qui a visiblement porté satisfaction ....Nous sommes d'autant plus déçus qu'il n'ai pas été à votre goût.
J'ai été toutefois rassurée et malgré tout réconfortée, lorsque j'ai questionné les personnes vous accompagnant sur les plats qu'ils avaient mangés, et qu'ils m'ont dit que tout était très bon. Encore une fois il est dommage que pour un plat non apprécié le reste soit oublié...
Concernant le service et l'attente, sachez que nous devons nous adapter à toutes les situations auxquelles nous sommes confrontées et que, hélas, nous ne sommes pas toujours à la hauteur, même si nous le devrions.
Un lundi de Pâques, sous le soleil, une affluence importante, ....Vous étiez 8 personnes, un bébé, deux enfants, plat à servir en direct pour les enfants, desserts à servir avec les plats du reste du groupe, plat non à la carte à rajouter à la commande,....
Nous sommes une fois de plus désolés pour cette déconvenue, et le service trop long. Nous nous en excusons. Il n'est pas toujours très simple de s'adapter comme il le faudrait aux exigences de notre clientèle. Je suis désolée que cela soit arrivé ce jour là.

Emmanuelle et Sébastien

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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Found on TripAdvisor ...Charming spot , elegant décoration , fresh local products ...L'Autre Jardin deserves to be discover ! Feeling right away welcome , you are invited to pick your own bottle of wine into the cellar , the owner (as well as the "Chef " ) Cooks with passion and creativity , his wife (the waitress) is a smilling pleasant lady , the duo operates this restaurant into an old stone house with caracter right next to Mirepoix Village center.
Went there yesterday ...happy to find a new good restaurant open on Monday eve , had fresh daurade fish Menu or "a la carte" everything seems appealling !
Well ....L'autre Jardin need to be recommended , reasonable prices , great service , lovely environnement inside or Garden side ...the Chef cooks outside springs and summer time !

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3  Thank Michel G
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

This is exactly the restaurant that Mirepoix needs, giving a welcome relief from the pretentious Hotel restaurants and the tourist traps on the Couverts.

I have eaten here 5 times in as many months including an excellent birthday meal on a Sunday night in November a time when one would be hard pressed to find anywhere open in many places let alone a restauarant of this quality.

Each time the quality of the ingredients stands out and they are allowed to speak for themselves with just judicious touches of a light sauce or a hint of seasoning to enhance their natural flavour.

Memorable starters have been razor shells served with a light persilliade, exqusitely fresh salad leaves with strips of bacon, croutons and roquefort, and marinated raw salmon.

A speciality is fillet of duck breast lightly pan-fried and served with a rasperry vinegar glaze, but I have also enjoyed an 'araignée' de porc, a sort of porc fillet glazed with honey and this is what I chose for my birthday meal.

At lunch today I had a trio of three superb local cheeses, served with a home-made cherry confit which is tradional way of tasting hard cheeses in the nearby Pyrénées.

For the birthday supper we enjoyed an excellent croustade another local speciality an apple pastry, which here avoided being too heavy.

The couple who own the restaurant are friendly and informative and always most helpful as I have mobility problems but they always help me to get settled and comfortable
For the three of us on my birthday we paid 100€ with a bottle of wine which you can go and choose yourself from the cellar, and I consider this to be excellent value for money considering the quality of the food on offer.

There is a midday menu at 14€ a couple of days in the week, other wise all is à la carte, from items displayed on the blackboard

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5  Thank Brian S
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