Dining around Languedoc
Help Hunds~We will be in Arles for 4 days of our trip and out looking to explore Languedoc. So far I have read some good reviews of:
Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier
We will be in Arles, as I said, and have reserved one night at the "home" of the former chef at La Chassagnette in Sambuc which we adored.
Suggestions for there as well will be most appreciated.
I recommend L'Olivier in Montpelier (a one star Michelin) and several just to the north of Montpelier in and around the Pic St. Loup wine region. They are very regional. Les Muscardins in St. Martin de Londres and Lenny's in St. Mathieu de Treviers are both wonderful, ate at both of them again a few months ago, would be shocked if both do not have Michelin stars soon. Another great regional restaurant in the area is Auberge de Saugras in Argelliers. A little difficult to find as it out in the middle of the garrigue but well worth the effort. The restaurant is housed in an old stone Mas built in the 12th century.
Ate at Jardin des Sens in Montpelier a year ago. A typical as far as I am concerned three star experience with great ingredients, fabulous presentations and surprises in between courses, but nothing you would rush back to eat again if you could afford to do so the next day. The Pourcel Brothers have expanded their restaurant empire across the world and have since I ate there lost one of their three stars. I have family who reside in Montpelier and they dine there periodically for business reasons and they tell me the food is just as good as when I was there. I personally prefer the restaurants whose menu selections reflect the region of France where they are located. How far into Languedoc do you wish to travel? You mention Arles which is in Provence, reason I ask?
Don't know if you've already gone, but I've heard some great things about a new place in Arles called "L'atelier," which seems to be an Asian-inspired tapas joint. They have a 48 and 65 Euro menu, depending upon the number of courses desired.
We'll be visiting in early August and will report back.