Five gourmet getaways in France

Tired of foie gras and oysters? Go and taste Iberian pig in the Basque Country, quince with red beer in Annecy or scallops with champagne butter in Honfleur, for weekends where the palate will be king.

In Saint-Jean-de-Luz, chic inn and Basque products

The charming place is run by Marion and Cédric Béchade, who met at the Plaza Athénée, in Paris, where she was his assistant and his cook.Together, they took over a small guest house (twelve rooms) fifteen minutes Saint-Jean-de-Luz, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, have kept the good manners of the palace, but got rid of the stilted spirit.The inn has a double-sided side, with a 17th century facade of one side, and another modern.From there, you can see the pretty hilly park overlooking the mountains ...and the sunset.

Cédric Béchade was awarded a Michelin star for his local cuisine - on that side, in terms of products, the Basque Country is unbeatable.His menu is simple and flexible (for the dishes, for example, the choice is left between red meat, white meat and fish).He plans to create a tasting menu with only rare products from the region, such as monkfish cheek or Iberian pig.The wine list is interesting, necessarily a little "traditional" (Bordeaux is not far and then, it is a Relais & Châteaux address), but not devoid of good local surprises.Also to try, not far: the formidable restaurant Elements, near Bidart, which comes to be awarded by the Fooding guide and which has very low prices (1247, avenue de Bayonne, in Bidart).

Posted Date: 2020-12-27

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