Nestled at the end of the long dirt track, with a charming, slightly ramshackle wooden building with just a handful of pretty tables inside and a large garden looking out over marshland to sea, U Cantonu is a delightful contrast to other more typical town or coast locations.
There was no room the first night we turned up 'on spec' so we booked for the following night. Very sweetly, when we enquired whether they could recommend anywhere else, we were seated with a sparkling apperitif and reservations were made for us at another restaurant in town. Top marks for service.
For a special meal out, U Cantonu hit the mark (save for the mosquitoes, for which repellent is provided!). We were seated in the conservatory while we were served complimentary apperitifs. A blackboard with the menu was then wheeled out by the help owenr/waitress (?) who described each dish individually and guided us through our choices.
Starters were huge, perhaps a little too huge, but I guess better that the the opposite. We had a Corsican specialty comprising of what felt like large amounts of melted cheese (sinful, but yummy) and a plate of tiny octopi in a flavoursome sauce. Fortunately the main courses were more average in size - slow-cooked veal and polenta for me, fabulous lamb for my partner. He was a little underwhelmed by his desert of fig tart ( I loved it and my plate of strawberries).
The only two flaws in proceedings were a slightly too long gap between courses and the embarrassment of discovering U Cantonu does not take credit cards. I've no problem with business operating this way, but...
A quick dash to the bank was required. I just wish this was subtly flagged up to diners at the start of the evening, as I'm sure we cannot be alone in expecting a restaurant serving food at this price to take card payments for what must, if dining in large group, be quite large bills.
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