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 Post subject: Restaurants - Pays Basque
PostPosted: Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:47 pm 
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For the freshest seafood in the Pays Basque, at affordable prices, next to the sea, there's only one choice - Chez Pantxua at Socoa (across the bay from St Jean de Luz). It's been a favourite of ours for years - and has never let us down. (BTW, the actual menu in the restaurant is far more comprehensive than the website would have you believe)
Had the set lunch (25€) there yesterday - gambas à la plancha, sole grillé and then sorbet.. and coffee.. all of that eased down with a bottle of Jurançon sec. :ymapplause:
Location: v close from pointer C on this map.
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Another favourite is La Buvette des Halles at St Jean de Luz. (map here)
Situated next to the indoor market, it only operates when the outdoor market closes up when, as if by magic, all the tables appear on the pavement. Fresh fish and seafood straight from the market plus all the usual regional specialities. Reasonably priced and a great place for people watching. Friendly service. Highly recommended.
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One for a special occasion is the Hotel Arraya, at Sare. A former hospice on the old pilgrim trail to Santiago de Compostela, this is a wonderful old building (16thC) that's full of ancient Basque furniture. Cosy indoors in winter with its log fires, it's hard to beat sitting outside on their terrace under the platanes on a summer's evening.
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Another on our list of restaurants that never disappoint is the Hotel du Parc (below left), at Ascain.
Situated in the heart of the charming village (the Basque village IMHO), they specialise in traditional regional cooking.. no interior decorator food here! Try their salmis de palombes - a traditional Basque dish in autumn. Attractive dining room with a small terrace behind for warmer weather. Again, very affordable and excellent quality.


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And there's Bar Jean at Biarritz - just a few yards from the indoor market. Very Spanish and v popular with the locals. Sit outside if you're lucky enough to find a table.. for people watching! Fresh seafood (oysters, mussels, crab etc), tapas, sardines, sangria plus all the usual specialities. Friendly service. Parking near-impossible! :lol:
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Then.. if your doctor has just told you that you've got a month to live but he should have told you 3 weeks ago - there's always the 5* Hotel du Palais.. menu here. (wonder if they do bar snacks? :-? :lol: )

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One that we have yet to try but I'm including it due to its location that can't be bettered is the Blue Cargo at Bidart - just a couple of km to the south of Biarritz. It couldn't be any closer to the sea without falling in.. and friends of ours give it a major :-bd .
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I'm available for adoption if you and Mme P sont d'accord....
I could do pre-tasting to ensure you're not likely to be poisoned.

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants - Pays Basque
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:18 am 
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:lol: Think there's a queue for that post!
A lady at the rowing club told me that in summer the parking lot is full of Porsches and Jaguars (mainly 75s and 33s) so I'm not sure it's our style. Looks very flash (& young!) :((

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We found the Hotel Arcé by accident. We were in Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry (map here) one summer standing on a bridge over a trout stream when I looked down and saw this hotel. It was a hot day and approaching lunchtime..
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We walked down to look at the menu - ("Yes!") - booked a table before returning at ~1pm. They found us a table under the trees by the river and.. well, you could write the rest yourselves. :lol: This was one of our best ever impromptu stops. :)
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See on the web site link they do St Jacques with boudin noir! =p~
Highly recommended :ymapplause:
(You'd enjoy this MAD! ;) )


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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants - Pays Basque
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Not really the Pays Basque - this next foodie place is in the extreme east of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques close to the border with the Haute-Pyrénées.
We had a few days up in the Parc National des Pyrénées a couple of weeks ago and we were recommended to try the Hotel/Restaurant Vignau at Gabas.
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It looked fairly unpromising from the outside - a low building set against the roadside and there were no choices on the lunchtime menu outside. When we visited, it featured garbure as a starter, lamb cutlets followed by tarte aux myrtilles (blueberry tart).
We stepped inside and found a table. The friendly owner came to tell us that we could have a sauté of rabbit as an alternative main course. Perfect! We ordered the set menu with the rabbit, with a 50cl pichet of vin rouge at a wallet-busting 3.70€.
The garbure was served in a huge pot and was rich with duck. I admit to having seconds..

(That's some knife he uses there!)
When the main course arrived, the serving of rabbit was copieux as they say.. boned & with no fat served with a reduced red wine sauce and assorted vegetables and a side plate with tagliatelli. Finally, the tarte hove to over the horizon.. and after a coffee, we were done. I didn't eat until breakfast the next morning! :lol:
If ever you find yourself in the high Pyrenees in the vicinity of Lourdes or Pau - make the detour. French country cooking at its best. :ymapplause: And not an empty seat in the house..
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This was la cerise sur le gâteau..
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OK-I am now jealous. Bread,cheese and dates isn't enough. Roll on Europe. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Restaurants - Pays Basque
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Piperade wrote:
Another favourite is La Buvette des Halles at St Jean de Luz. (map here)
Situated next to the indoor market, it only operates when the outdoor market closes up when, as if by magic, all the tables appear on the pavement. Fresh fish and seafood straight from the market plus all the usual regional specialities. Reasonably priced and a great place for people watching. Friendly service. Highly recommended.
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Came here today for lunch and we won't be returning again. We've been enjoying their fresh seafood since 1991 - but today? Started with sardines from the plancha but these were the strangest sardines.. Didn't look like any sardines we've ever had - large scales - and only part cooked. After that, I'd ordered tuna.. I'm sure it had been cooked (let's be charitable) early this morning.. and the piperade that came with it was the worst I've ever had.. MOH had gambas with garlic - I tried one and I'm sure it was boil in the bag..
Wonder if they have a new chef?
Strike one!
Off the approved list.. [-x

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