Japanese, bistronomic, Italian, locavore, gastronomic cuisine…Midi Libre offers you a selection of new very gourmet addresses at reasonable prices. Tables that are worth the cost, to be tested without hesitation.
Montpellier: the Japanese canteen of De La Luce
The tea room of the De la Luce boutique has become a Japanese canteen since the start of the school year. In a cozy atmosphere and a brutalist decoration, a menu of the day at 12 € vegetarian, simple and delicious is proposed. Do not look for sushi and other maki, there is none. Here, the menu is served on a platter in dark stoneware bowls. The day of our visit it was rice with peppers, scrambled eggs and fresh cilantro; cherry tomatoes with salad and miso soup. The tea room offers Japanese cakes for dessert. Taste their delicious tiramisu with yuzu, the essential citrus fruit of Japanese cuisine.
Canteen and Japanese tea room, 1 rue Saint-Côme in Montpellier. Such. : 04 99 66 71 30. Tue. to Sat. Menu: €12.
Clapiers: bistronomy at La maison Saint-Gély
After forging his experience in large establishments in London and Sydney, Paul Gély took over the reins of the family business, held in turn by his grandfather and his father, two months ago. The chef, Laurent Arrazat, fed by the Pourcel brothers for 10 years, offers a cuisine of ultra-fresh seasonal products, traditional and well thought out. Here the word bistronomic takes on its full meaning. See instead: bone marrow, oysters as a starter; red mullet with a crispy calf’s head and banuyl syrup (the house speciality); roasted pigeon with a blood sausage blini with confit onions and for dessert, fig confit in red wine, raspberry tiramisu.
The Gély house, 3, place Max-Leenhart, Clapiers. Open from Tuesday noon to Sunday evening. Such. : 04 49 23 00 94. Menu of the day: €29.
Nîmes: the starry Italy of Georg’iau
Since September 13, Georg’iau, the last born of Jérôme Nutile has been full. Its Italian cuisine is a delight for gourmets in a hurry. The starred chef of the Mas de Boudan, also at the pianos of the Bistr’au in Nîmes, took advantage of the opportunity offered to him to share his immoderate taste for pastas and pizzas, supported by chef Guillaume Hel Guillou and Rabik Uddin, the room manager. “Everything is prepared with excellent products. I absolutely wanted to. It was essential for me to offer quality dishes. The tomato sauce comes from Puglia, the pasta from Italy, the charcuterie from the Beauregard farm in Daisies…”, specifies Jérôme Nutile. A la carte: pizzas, risottos and pasta with a starry signature, such as these delicious gorgonzola ravioli with pear shavings and walnuts or this excellent long-cooked suckling pig porchetta… The dish of the day is 14 euros and the full menu (starter, main course and dessert) at 22 euros.
Georg’iau by Jérôme Nutile, 69 rue Georges-Besse, Nîmes. From Tuesday to Saturday, noon and evening. Such. : 04 66 40 60 76. Dish of the day: €14; starter-main course, €18; full menu, €22.
Montpellier: “Cuisine de coeur” at the Petit Jardin
“We cook from the heart, which speaks to everyone, with local and seasonal products”. Clément Gueudre, chef and owner of the place, has no hesitation when it comes to describing the cuisine of his establishment. Le Petit Jardin has existed for 50 years, but the 32-year-old chef, who took over the premises three months ago, gave it a facelift and a new beauty that can be found in the place as much – view of the Saint- Stone, garden of palm trees, laurels and hackberries – only on the plate – harmonious and colorful dishes. The bistro section offers a set menu at €27, but gourmets can also choose just one dish such as the vegetable tagine with raisins and almonds (€19) or the fillet of mackerel in escabèche, vegetable tagliatelle (18 €). The very cosmopolitan starters can also be declined in tapas (gazpacho of peas with mint, bush of goat cheese; cod fritters and crab meat, Thai peanut sauce…).
The little garden, 20 rue J.-J. Rousseau, Montpellier. Such. : 04 67 60 78 78. Tues to Sat. Set menu: €27, main courses: €18.
Lunel: the subtle dishes of L’entre potes
Between friends, as its name suggests, is a story of friends. Antoine Toyre and Thierry Schruoffeneger have teamed up with Brice Devanne, the chef, to create a new version of their bistro of the same name in La Grande-Motte in Lunel, outside the city. If the establishment in Lune has not yet received the honors of Gault et Millau as its Grand-motto version, it will not be long. Because the menu flies high: for example, as a starter, a masked egg – a nod to Master Goujon’s rotten egg at Fontjoncouse?-; for the main course, Camargue bull tataki and chichoumeille; and for dessert, roasted pineapple with cardamom and its Victoria sorbet. Definitely gourmet cuisine.
Between friends, 108, rue du Levant, Lunel. From Tuesday to Saturday, noon and evening. Such. : 04 99 67 96 26. Formula of the day at €243.90. Evening menu: €43.
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