Any great restaurant suggestions near Penne, France (located about 60 miles east of Toulouse)
Penne and nearby are by no means the restaurant Mecca of France.
There's a one star in Cahuzac sur Vere , La Falise. Not bad, but not sure its that good. On the other hand I haven't been for a while.
There's Lou Cantoun in Cestayrols which I like. Great ambiance & pretty good food. Super local wine list fairly priced.
Nothing worth a mention in Cordes or St Antonin.
A bit further away there's Le Epicurien in Villefranche with new ownership & a good menu. There's also Longcol near Najac which is getting good reviews from the locals. Expensive wine though.
Can't really think of anywhere else 'great' In fact I wouldn't describe any of these as great, but they're all acceptable.
Yank, thanks for your suggestions we will explore them.. We went to La Falise for lunch today and found the vegetarian menu superb and subtle ( even though neither of us are vegetarian ) and the white wines surprisingly good.
About three to five years ago, we went to a very unusual yet interesting restaurant in the forest, about an hours drive from Penne, hard to find, located in the owners personal home - the husband was the chef ( who had been a three star chef in Aix-en-Provine [we think]}, and his wife and daughter, the staff. The restaurant was on the long, concrete back-yard porch, and over-looked a weedy lawn. The food was outstanding.
Unfortunately, neither my wife nor I can remember the name or location of the place. Probably had too little wine that night. If this rings a bell, please let us know.
Had a fine lunch in Toulouse at Michel Sarran's restaurant last year, and we're looking forward to dinner at La Salette this Friday.
Thanks again for the info. -Howard ( aka The Fresser )
Can't help you with the restaurant in the forest.
I'll be interested to hear what you think about La Salette. Don't want to influence you too much, but I will say it was left off of my suggestions quite deliberately.
If you want a good local wine yard try Domain de Chanade. They're just off the road between Cordes & Cahouzac. Christian makes some very nice wines. His less expensive white is our everyday house wine.
Yank, I assume you mean the Chateau de Salettes? Thanks for the tip, since we'll be spending 2 weeks in Martiel (just west of Villefrance) in October. We'll be sure to try Christian's wines, and of course L'Epicurien is on my list, as is Cote Saveurs. We went to La Falaise last time we were in the area and would like to return there too.