A little while ago, my “garden neighbours” told me about a new restaurant Fou de Sud on the outskirts of Montpellier. Their son is a consultant for catering businesses, and he had recommended this place to his parents, who had promptly tried it and were smitten. Word of mouth is always the best advertising, and the least costly!! 🙂
I made a note of the name of the restaurant and looked up where it was, and the next time I was in Montpellier I went to eat there. Fou de Sud loosely translates as “Crazy for the South”, and the place is more of a concept than a restaurant. The name may be a bilingual double-entendre = “Food de Sud” — because that’s what it’s all about, much more so than the straight French meaning (thank you Annie!). The restaurant is part of a “market hall”, which was started by seven associates, each an expert in his field, with the aim of showcasing the best food products the South of France has to offer. Appropriately, the establishment is in the building of the Sud de France marketing consortium, which promotes products from the South of France all over France and worldwide.
The building appears to be brand-spanking-new, and it is very striking! Unfortunately, the access to the car park is a little tricky; blink and you miss it, or in this case, I missed it! 🙂 But I got there in the end!!
The market hall is large and very well stocked, both with groceries and fresh produce. The meat and fish counters were very inviting and tempting! One of the ideas behind the concept is to sell from producer direct to consumer, bypassing the traditional distribution methods and reducing the carbon impact of food and shopping. 80% of the items for sale are produced in the South of France, and there are around 2000 different types of product from over 50 producers.
After I’d had a good look at what was on offer, and made a mental note of all the wonderful foods I wanted to buy later, I went into the restaurant. There’s a long counter, behind which you can see the chefs prepare the food! And you can also have a look at some of the wonderful desserts!! 🙂
Since the weather was beautiful, I decided to have lunch outside. The restaurant has a terrace which is surrounded by glass, and which can be covered with sails for shade. As you can see, it was pretty busy!
The food was delicious too!!
Before you ask – no, I did not eat all this by myself – there were two of us!! 🙂 I’m not normally a fan of raw meat, but, having seen the meat counter, I knew that it would be perfectly fresh, and it was incredibly good!! The fries were very good too! And can you tell which dessert I had?? Of course the chocolate one – and it was pretty spectacular!
All in all a very good meal and a great place to stop at, if you are in the vicinity!
Fou de Sud is located at 3840 Avenue Georges Freche, 34470 Perols (a suburb of Montpellier).