Looking for one good restaurant, in Sete (or right around it), where the owner really cares about the food that comes out of the kitchen.
Had a wonderful meal at La Coquerie, really memorable, but that was 2 years ago.
In the past 2 years, Sète has been a drive-by for us, usually between Provence and Collioure. I am now less familar with its restos and more familiar with its street food (la tielle, absolutecly ace) and market bistros.
Re la Coquerie, I wrote this a while ago about our dinner there in Sept 2012:
Dinner the next night was at La Coquerie,1 chemin du Cimetière Marin. This was one of our top three meals of our southern trip (lunch at Jardin des Sens and dinner at Faurie were the others). This small place is a 20 minute walk from the bustle of the town and canal, in a residential area (next to the cemetery) quietly overlooking the sea. There’s seating for about 12-14 inside, where you can watch chef Anne Majourel, a twinkle in her eye under a cocky cool hat, work behind the counter. There is seating for 6-9 outside at three terraced tables under substantial rectangular umbrellas with a partial view of the harbour/sea. It was too stuffy/hot inside, and so we dined out. Not inexpensive, but great ingredients from the nearby bustling “Halles de Sète.” (Where we went each morning for a simple breakfast of express and regional yogurt. -- Jake
I've not been for a couple of years, but Sel et Poivre, 30 rue Révolution is great. It's small and run by a lovely couple - they obviously really care about their food. It's at the far end of Rue du Revolution, away from the touristy part.
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