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“Warm, welcoming and a top chef on top form - for the price of a brasserie meal!”
Review of L Esprit des Mets

L Esprit des Mets
Ranked #1 of 138 Restaurants in Ales
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Norwich, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Warm, welcoming and a top chef on top form - for the price of a brasserie meal!”
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Christian Achaud has enjoyed a reputation as one of the region's best chefs for many years, and his new restaurant is a complete winner. Just off the Alès ring road and easy to find from our base in Anduze, L'Esprit belied its unprepossessing surroundings from the moment we walked in. Simple, tasteful design gives both the interior and the large terrace an atmosphere of clubbable repose, and the young front-of-house team provided a smiling welcome that lived right up to the best local traditions of warm hospitality. On a busy night, the service was great – friendly, efficient and informed – while the wine list, relatively small but carefully chosen, delivered excellent champagne and rosé at reasonable prices. So far, so fine, and a lively mix of other customers (mostly locals, it was mid-June) made for good people watching, but the real delight was the food. Largely regional but spiced with the occasional exotic invention, the menu promises proper cuisine and doesn't disappoint. From a scrummy amuse-bouche, through a goat's cheese ravioli to die for and succulent, perfectly cooked veal, to a mi-cuit chocolate gateau that managed to be both rich and light, my meal was gorgeous and, at a menu price of 29 euros, ridiculously good value. Impressed, my wife and I went back twice more during the next couple of weeks and – with special mention for an awesome foie gras – loved every dish we tried. In an area crammed with restaurants nothing we have found comes close to l'Esprit's combination of fine cuisine and relaxed informality, let alone at such a nice price. Gushingly recommended, but be aware that the restaurant is already very popular with local people and that even out of season you need to book in advance for weekends.

  • Visited June 2013
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“exceptional cooking and great ambience - don't miss this gem!”
Reviewed 12 June 2013

I was a regular visitor to the hotel where the chef, Christian Achour, used to cook, and I had been waiting impatiently for him to open his new restaurant, which we visited last night for the first time. It was a total joy from start to finish: a lovely young team to greet us, delicious amuses-bouche while we enjoyed an aperitif in the shady garden and then a superb supper on the large, airy and pretty terrace. The menu choice is perfectly judged as is the wine list, which is not huge but features the best of local and regional wines as well as a few classics. The price range (21 euros for two courses, 29 for three) was excellent, particularly for cooking of this calibre, which includes delicious signature dishes such as his fantastic goats cheese ravioli, filet mignon of pork and melt in the mouth fillet of beef, along with plenty of new delights such as a delicately spiced monkfish and prawn ragout and a fresh tuna dish served with a potato and chorizo puree. The location of the restaurant is ten minutes drive from Anduze, a pretty tourist town on the edge of the Cevennes, and is more than worth the drive if you are staying anywhere in the area. Unmissable!!!

  • Visited June 2013
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3 Thank Elizabeth Anne W
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