Question: When does a restaurant automatically become first class? Answer: When it’s in a former post office! This pun will be more obvious to British readers – in Britain letters can be sent 1st or 2nd class, which translates to priority and regular mail in most other countries! 🙂
La Carte Timbree in Thezan-les-Beziers is in the former village post office AND it really is a first class restaurant! I discovered this restaurant with friends, after I had heard about it on the grapevine. Mathieu (the chef) and Chloe (front of house) transformed the old village post office into a modern and welcoming restaurant – if you have a look at their Facebook post here, you can see that the transformation was pretty radical and far-reaching! But the end result is a great space, a modern dining room that manages to feel warm and welcoming. Here’s my attempt at photographing the dining room:The lunchtime menu changes every day, and the a-la-carte menu changes once a month – to make the most of seasonal produce, according to the chef. It’s also more fun to regularly have new dishes to cook!
This was the lunchtime menu the day I visited:
The main course was a stir fry or “wok” as it’s called in France, naming the dish after the pan it is cooked in. Rice noodles had been sauteed with chicken and vegetables and seasoned in the style of Thai dishes. Very yummy and just the right size portion!
The dessert of the day was a tarte tatin which had been made with quinces instead of apples. I will have to experiment with that at home – the flavour was exquisite and it made a perfect ending to our meal!
The lunchtime menu is priced at 18 Euros for three courses, including either a glass of wine or coffee! The evening menu (choose from the dishes on the a-la-carte menu) is priced at 28 Euros for three courses and 32 Euros for four courses. They have vegetarian options available. You’ll be able to find full details on the website for the restaurant. La Carte Timbree is open for lunch every day except Monday and for dinner from Wednesday to Saturday inclusive.
I’ll definitely be going back to La Carte Timbree – it’s been added to my list of go-to restaurants! And next time I might even explore the village a little more!