This post will explore one of the finer restaurants of the area – Le Jardin de Collioure. This spot is particularly interesting as the location was originally a Dominican Convent. It has been recently converted into a lovely restaurant with an incredible open-air patio where you can relax and enjoy drinks plus an indoor and outdoor dining room. Sitting outside under the soft lighting, it is truly wonderful to admire the stonewalls of the convent that dates back to the 13th century.
Upon our arrival, our waiter Peter welcomed us warmly. Originally from Figueres, Spain, he was very friendly and chatted with us about his recommendations for both food and wine. We started with an aperitif of the sweeter Banyuls red and white wine and they brought a starter plate with toast and olive tapenade. Peter gave us lots of time with the menu and had his colleague bring us a huge platter of raw fresh fish that were the specials for the day. It was hard to narrow down to only one option.
Laura had the entrecote that came with huge servings of frites. The meat was very tender and cooked just to her liking. The portion was large and more than enough for an adult never mind for a teen.
After much contemplation, Denis and I each had a platter that had large pieces of monkfish that were cooked on the plancha in banyuls wine. While not the prettiest fish in its original format, the fish was very tasty. This was also served with scallops, a small portion of rice, mushrooms and a really tasty patty of parsnips cooked in a pineapple glaze. Very unusual but so yummy! The meal was beautifully presented and the plates decorated with berry coulis and sesame snap crisps. The restaurant has an extensive wine cellar so there were numerous options. Our wine choice was also from Peter’s recommendation and was a bottle of white from the Rhone valley. It paired perfectly with the fish.
Of course after tasting all the wonderful food we couldn’t decline perusing the dessert menu. Another phenomenal choice - we splurged and enjoyed profiteroles and the chocolate fondant with salted caramel.
This meal was really fantastic! We would highly recommend Le Jardin based on the incredible food, the terrific service and the absolutely beautiful location. Be sure to add it to your list for a fabulous dinner.
Click here for the restaurant website.