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“Wonderful setting, but the food did not match up”
Review of S Comme

S Comme
Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Palaja
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$35 - US$71
Cuisines: Belgian, French
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: New restaurant which is part of Chateau Palaja, but under separate management
Reviewed 20 August 2013

We had really high hopes of our outing to S Comme and our first view of the restaurant gave us confidence that they would be met. Although Palaja itself is not the prettiest of towns in this part of France, the restaurant is in a beautiful location, physically part of the chateau, although the food service is outsourced. We sat in the courtyard garden, which is beautifully done and there is plenty of room between the tables to provide privacy. The service is friendly and attentive.

We are big fans of the local Limoux fizz and were disappointed to find that the only bubbles on offer on the evening we went were Champagne, not Cremant or Blanquette, the reason being that there was none chilled. The cynic in me is tempted to believe that the restaurant makes more from selling Champagne than Cremant, but that may not be the case!

We had both wished to order the shrimp croquette as a starter, but sadly there were none left by the time we arrived. I had duck breast for the main course, which was perfectly nice, although the accompanying salad featured exactly the same ingredients as my starter salad (minus the goat's cheese). My partner was seriously disappointed in his steak tartare, however. To be fair to the restaurant, our waiter did point out that the tartare was prepared in the Belgian style, with mayonnaise rather than raw egg as the binding ingredient and he chose it anyway, slightly against his better judgement. When it arrived, it was clear that he had made a mistake, as it looked just awful. It is said that we eat first with our eyes, but this dish looked so unappetising that someone in the kitchen must really be short-sighted!

We had really hoped to find a local jewel. In terms of the setting, we did. If the kitchen could step up to match the atmosphere and the service, we would be regular visitors.

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Thank maggiavelli
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

Excellent service, food quality and atmosphere. We would visit again, one of the best meals we had in France.

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Thank Linzi101
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Reviewed 12 July 2013

Where to start? The food is very good indeed - a little lighter than some French cuisine, which we loved.

The atmosphere is quite gorgeous - particularly in the summer when you sit in the back courtyard around the shade of an olive tree.

The service is genuinely brilliant. The best I have ever experienced at a restaurant - bar none. The waiter very kindly gave us a small bottle of wine when we said we were thinking of ordering it for our wedding. They were friendly, efficient and warm.

I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough - the one tiny quibble for us, was that there were only a couple of dishes on the main course menu that we wanted - for our taste it was a little limited in choice. But that is, as I say, simply a matter of taste. Others might have too much choice!

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Thank Freddietoo
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

Excellent food, first class service, innovative menu. Very good restaurant which is highly recommended.

Thank Scrubber077
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Reviewed 21 June 2013

After a week in France eating out at every meal we stumbled across S Comme. We spent 2 nights in Palaja , 3km outside Carcassonne, and it was so good we went on both nights. Run and owned by brothers from Belgium the food was by far the best we had in France. Very good service and pointers from the brother in the front of house, and some of the best beef and duck we've ever had. "You can cut the beef with a spoon", he said, and you could. Absolutely top class in every way but sensibly priced. The house wine is 8€ for a 1 litre carafe, or local wines around 20€ a bottle. Our bill for 2 people and 3 courses with wine was 95€. Our first night w as an unexpected find, our second was ahoy to relax in knowing we were going to have a wonderful meal. S Comme didn't disappoint. GO!

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Thank rob-jock
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