Earlier this year, I wrote about a visit to Restaurant O’Bontemps in Magalas, and reported the sad fact that the restaurant was to close its doors. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for where and when Olivier and Emmanuelle Bontemps might be opening their new venue. I recently found on social media that they had taken a lease on a space next to the main library in Beziers, the Mediatheque, and that they had just recently opened their new restaurant O Petits Bontemps for business!! I was planning a visit to a number of places in Beziers for the European Heritage Weekend, which took place on September 17th and 18th this year. Florence Nash, who was staying at Acanthus, wanted to treat us, so after a quick phone call I had a reservation for lunch on the Saturday, and a whole lot of interesting places to visit – a perfect day out in the making! The write-ups of the restaurant had been very good, so I was very much looking forward to it!
The mediatheque opened in 2008 as part of the new university campus in Beziers, on what was once the site of army barracks. Today, modern buildings with a fair bit of glass surround a large and empty space.
The restaurant is at one end of the library, and its terrace overlooks the square. The weather was unfortunately a little too windy on the day we went for lunch, so we sat inside.
The restaurant interior has been given a complete makeover by BOH Décoration et Lifestyle, an interior design company from Bordeaux.
The dominant colours are pink and grey, with a little nod to Alice in Wonderland here and there! 🙂
The lunch menu changes on a regular basis. These were the choices on the day we went:
Here is the starter:
An egg, which has been poached at low temperature, so that it is barely cooked, sits atop an interpretation of tabouleh: grains, croutons and razor clams in a most wonderful broth, the whole sprinkled with flower petals and the egg crowned with deep-fried crispy noodles. A great start to the meal!!
The three of us chose two of the main courses on offer – before you ask, we had one main course each, but two of us had the same, the neck of lamb, which was prepared like a tagine:
The curried mackerel was the other main course that we chose. The fish was cooked just perfectly and only very lightly spiced.
For dessert, all three of us opted for the chocolate and caramel dome. The presentation was fabulous, and it tasted every bit as good as it looked!!
The three course lunch is priced at €22.00, and the restaurant is open from 10am to 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. On Friday the restaurant is open for lunch AND dinner. Reservations are essential – telephone 04 67 36 20 82 to book.
Thank you for the treat, Florence!