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“The retired owner is an artist!”
Review of La Portella - CLOSED

La Portella
Price range: $13 - $32
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 29, 2013

Going to La Portella restaurant is a lovely, human and gastronomic experience! The owner is an artist as you can see on the picture, he paints his dishes with vinegar and jam colours (you can eat the dish decoration as it is made from natural products). The card menu is not large as none of the products used for cooking are fresh and not frozen in any way. At the moment, there are 4 menus ranking between 18,50 euros and 30 euros but what ever you will choose is just good, fresh and ideally cooked! We invited some local friends and we were proud to impress them as they know the region quite well but not this restaurant until today.
Furthermore, the owner takes time to come and talk to you and value a lot your impression. The decoration is simple but elegant, the staff very helpful and polite but the food is just gorgeous for the price you pay. On top of that, the village of Prats de Mollo is so nice, it is ideal to spend there your Sunday or day on holidays but make sure you reserve if you decide to come for lunch on Sunday as a lot of locals come to eat there even coming from Perpignan!
To recommand to everyone who enjoy French food!

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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We managed to have a meal in this restaurant on our last night in the area after it had been closed for two weeks due to a fire. The presentation was lovely, they really made an effort. For starters I had a goats cheese salad, I do think there should have been more goats cheese. My husband had a cured type of salmon and he was not sure what to make of it as it was so unusual. The rest of the party had the famous fish soup with bread, cheese and a weird mayonnaise type substance. We had steak for main which was cooked well. There was not a massive choice of dessert however I had coffee with home made truffles which were lovely. A really nice experience with really lovely hosts who cook in the restaurant whereby you can see it all taking place.

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Thank Toni12345
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

By going to La Portella, expect to spend a real relaxing and pleasant time.
Whatever Menu you choose, you'll get a diversified choice.
From the "oeuf meurette" to "Oyster from Bouzigue" and going through his home made "fish soup", you'll travel around specialties of France. But, this is only a part of the spirit of the restaurant. Gérard the owner is not only bringing his cook expertise, but also his own fantasy world full of love. Talk with him after the dinner, he will always take times to discuss with you. Finally, you'll get astonished by the way he decorate plates... this really express what he is.
In one sentence : One of the best place to be when you visit south of France.
Enjoy

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Thank Ben_Cats
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

This charming restaurant has just reopened after a short closure for refurbishment. It had been recommended to us by friends, and we recently enjoyed a lunch there.
When we visited three menus were on offer, all printed on a blackboard which the waitress brought to our table. We chose the 18 euro three course menu, which offered four choices per course. The house wine was 7.50 euros per half litre.
I began with the excellent warm goats cheese salad, then had the grilled tuna, followed by chocolate mousse. My partner opted for the generous anchovy salad, roquefort steak and finally isle flotant. The ingredients were fresh and well cooked, and the dishes showed a great attention to detail as well as tasting delicious.
A lovely and unique touch is the fact that the chef decorates each plate by drawing a picture at the side using edible materials - very talented (don't be surprised to see people taking photos of the food before tucking in).
We really enjoyed the meal, which was both satisfying and good value. The chef is a lovely chap, and came over for a chat to ask if we had enjoyed our meal. The service was very smooth, and many thanks to the nice waitress for her mime in translating for us the swordfish on the menu.
We very much look forward to our next visit to this restaurant.

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Thank mendiprambler
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

During an eight-day stay in Ceret, France, my husband, friends and I took a drive to Prats de Mollo and were thrilled to discover this gem of a restaurant. In a small space decorated in colorful tiles and the chef's own paintings, we watched Gerard masterfully paint his plates with tinted vinegars while preparing delicious dishes.

One friend and I shared an enormous pitcher of fantastic fish soup, served with crunchy bread, grated parmesan, and aoli, which was practically a meal in itself. Then we all enjoyed fresh salads and gorgeous plates of seafood and duck confit. Each painted plate had two delightful dollops of pureed potatoes and vegetables, with little pastries stuck on top so they resembled tiny ducks. We almost couldn't finish our homemade desserts. Even on a bleak day in early April when the restaurant was nearly deserted, the food was excellent.

Before we left, we were treated to a delightful conversation and lots of pictures with Gerard. All four of us agree this was our best meal of our trip, and the restaurant is reason enough to visit Prats de Mollo.

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Thank AbbyBella
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