Good Value restaurants in the Aude. Always call ahead. In winter to check they aren't closed, and in the summer to make a reservation. In France eating hours are regimented. Do not expect to be able to roll up and sit down to a meal outside of the hours of 12pm to 2 pm and 7pm to 9pm. On the other hand there is no danger of your being thrown off your table for the next round of diners - a practise now common in the UK and Ireland that to the French simply defies belief.
You can expect to find decent duck almost everywhere, and cassoulet. Here we have selected a few restaurants that offer a little bit extra value for money or something out of the ordinary.
The auberge du Faby, Place de Rouvenac, Tel
By the way, the owners are now looking for the right person to hand over to, and are prepared to offer a free hand over training for the right person. Having spent twelve years realising their dream into a successful business, it is important to them that the location will live on as a quality hostellerie. For the moment they are open as usual.
Auberge de Cavanac, Chateau de Cavanac, Cavanac,
5 mins south east of Carcassonne, Tel: 0468 796104
Perhaps the best value to be found. At a fixed price of 25 euros diners are treated to five courses, amuses bouches, aperitifs, digestifs with wine included. Lobster and foie gras offered for entries. Freshwater crayfish (messy but delicious) is amongst the fish offerings, and the main course offers a choice of barbecued duck, beef or lamb. Not great for vegetarians.
Châteteau de Cavanac Website: www.chateau-de-cavanac.fr
l'Ecurie. New city of Carcassonne, 43 boulevard barbès,
Tel: 0468 720404
The restaurant is in the converted stables of a hotel. The stables are tastefully converted and the service swift, polite and professional. It is a favourite with Carcassonne's business diners and booths can be reserved for private gatherings.
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Mesa, Old city, Carcassonne: 14, rue Saint-Louis,
Tel: 0468 119340
This up-market eatery is known to locals as the place where you can eat as well as one can n the famous Hotel de la Cité but for a fraction of the price. It is only a stone's throw away. You can count on truffles and exquisite sauces.
Mesa Website: http://www.comteroger.com/
L'Oustal dal Pech, Bugarach 11190, Tel: 0468 698759
Unpretentious and friendly restaurant well off the beaten track in this small village near the Pech (peak) of Bugarach, a peak that can be seen for miles around and creates its own microclimate. This restaurant is record holder for staying open in the winter. Usually a selection of game is available. Not ideal for vegetarians if only due to hunting trophies and other forms of taxidermy in the décor.
L'Oasis, Narbonne Plage 11100, Tel: 0468 494990
The esplanade of Narbonne plage is restaurant city however most are very ordinary and of the fresh out of the freezer variety. Oasis is reasonably priced for a Logis de France. It serves sumptuous seafood platters and has an otherwise thoughtful menu including carefully selected fishes, salads and wines. Service is friendly and seating is available on the terrace.
L'Oasis Website: http://vialandis.reservit.com/
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