There’s something special about restaurants which overlook the water, be it the sea, a river or lake, or the Canal du Midi. Many years ago, I spent an evening at a restaurant in Grau d’Agde called Les Ondines. It’s terrace was on a pontoon in the river Herault, not far from where the river meets the sea. I don’t quite recall the meal, but the sunset was absolutely wonderful!!
Along the Canal du Midi there are many beautiful spots for a variety of restaurants – some are very simple, others very fancy and then there are the ones in between. Today I want to take you to three restaurants. We’ll work our way from west to east, starting with the Auberge de la Croisade, at La Croisade, a tiny hamlet built at a crossroads. I remember the building in the picture below when it was just a shell, before it was renovated and turned into a restaurant. This was in the days before digital photography, but here is a picture of the restaurant as it is now:
Over the years I have eaten at this restaurant many times, and I have seen it evolve and grow. One constant has been Bruno, the maitre d’hotel, who is unfailingly friendly and cheerful – a truly wonderful host! I went to the restaurant with a group of friends not long ago, and we had a great time! Here are some of the delicious starters we ate:
Main courses followed:
La Croisade has been serving a selection platter of desserts since the restaurant first opened:There was also delicious ice cream:Another great canal-side restaurant is located in Poilhes – La Tour Sarrasine. It has a terrace from which you can watch the boats glide by as you sip a glass of perfectly chilled rose wine! Another meal with friends, this one was to celebrate a birthday! 😉 The picture below was taken at the end of our meal – such a lovely spot!
Main courses followed – very nicely presented, expertly cooked and very tasty!
The cheese platter was very nice too:
And dessert was heavenly!
Farther east lies the village of Colombiers, where there’s an old favourite of mine: Restaurant Au Lavoir! I’ve been there countless times, and I’m sure that I have mentioned the restaurant before. There’s something old-fashioned about this restaurant, but in a very positive sense. Here you can eat the kind of food that you don’t often find in restaurants anymore: cote de boeuf, soufflé, crepes Suzette etc. The silverware is real silverware, and the glasses and tablecloths are beautiful.
Three of us went for dinner earlier this year, and what a feast it was!! Here are three starters:
… and three delicious main courses:
We passed up on the cheese, although the cheese trolley looked very tempting! Instead, we headed straight for some wonderful desserts:
If you fancy eating at any of these restaurants, do make a reservation to avoid disappointment. And do tell them that you saw them on my blog! 🙂 Bon appetit!