In a vacation in Roquebrun, "Le Petit Nice," that included trips to the tremendous Cité de Carcassonne, the market at Saint-Chinian, and the beautiful Valras-Plage on the Mediterranean, the best and most memorable thing is without a doubt the lunch I had in the small town of Olargues. Restaurant Fleurs d'Olargues is located next to the town's beautiful 13th century "Devil's Bridge," along Le Jaur, a tributary of the Orb river. In addition to the idyllic location, the food is incredible, the service spectacular, and the overall experience nearly unbeatable.
|A view of Restaurant Fleurs d'Olargues from "Devil's Bridge"|
I selected the standard prix fixe menu, a three or four course option that gave diners the choice of a few appetizers and main courses, a cheese plate and/or dessert. I selected the foie gras appetizer, duck main plate, and the cheese plate. Several people at the table went with the menu of the day, a three course meal that included a chevre salad that everyone raved about, stuffed pork tenderloin, and a lemon zabaione.
My meal began with a shooter of cold zucchini and garlic soup. Refreshing, bright, and with a bizarre yet delightful spiciness. This was a really great start, very simple but delicious, an attractive little glass of soup that served essentially to wake up the taste buds and get you excited for what came next.
Rather than a sweet dessert, I decided to have the cheese plate, which came with four cheese, some bread, with a fruit compote and a berry sauce, and a single flax-like crisp, which was the only bad thing I ate all day. The cheeses were delicious, from a goat cheese so sweet it nearly a dessert in and of itself to a stinky, delicious blue. There was even one cheese that tasted and looked like a richer, albeit less sharp, version of America's cheddar. I tried the dessert, and while it was delicious, I am glad I went with the cheese.
Following the dessert/cheese course, several of
|Coffee after lunch|
All in all, I cannot speak highly enough of this entire meal, and I will absolutely be going back when I am next in Roquebrun; the short trip to Olargues is more than worth it. If you have the opportunity to go, do not miss this gem.
|Olargues's hillside portion of town|
|Smoked tuna appetizer|
|Dining room from the outside seating area|
|Dining room from inside|
|"Devil's Bridge" and the tower that was the center of the keep when the town of was built|