What could be more satisfying than returning regularly to the same restaurant over a period of more than ten years to find the same high quality food and friendly and efficient service? The French Canadian owners have brilliantly combined their own native cuisine with Catalan favorites, always making full use of fresh seasonal ingredients. The first time I ever ate there I ordered lobster and asked rather tentatively if it was frozen, as I knew lobsters were not found in abundance in the Mediterranean. The owner looked at me sternly and answered 'Madame, nothing here is frozen but the sorbet.'
The restaurant offers a very good value 2 course meal for 22 euros and 3 courses for 26 euros. There are small supplements of a few euros for certain dishes such as lobster and scallops. There is a good range of choices to suit all tastes. Starters include 'foie gras maison on spice bread' which I tried on my last visit and highly recommend. Others include 'scallop flan with a crayfish coulis', 'lobster salad with truffle oil dressing' and 'pumpkin soup with foie gras croutons'. Main meat courses range from 'pork cheek braised in a muscat and balsamic reduction with apricots', 'roulade of filet mignon of pork with rosemary', 'steak with a Banyuls and shallot sauce,' and 'duck breast with loganberries'. Fish offerings include: 'risotto of prawns and crayfish,' 'grilled lobster with pepper and butter sauce,' 'salmon en croute with tapenade.' I have tried most of their offerings and have yet to be disappointed.
The desserts are all homemade and delicious.They include 'Tarte Tatin with an aged rum cream chantilly', 'cheesecake with blueberries' 'spice bread with salted caramel sauce served with vanilla ice cream' and a range of artisan created ice creams and sorbets including my own favourite 'Coup colonel' which is lemon sorbet and vodka'- very refreshing!
There is an excellent choice of fairly priced aperitifs and wines, with the focus on local offerings. We always have 'la reine' and 'le roi' for aperitifs which are champagne flavoured with Rivesaltes and Banyuls wine respectively. Carafes of delicious house wine are very well priced.
This restaurant offers fabulous food and a warm and welcoming ambiance.It enjoys a strong and faithful local following as opposed to restaurants on the coast just a few kilometres away who charge much higher prices for vastly inferior food to a passing clientele of tourists. I can't think of a nicer place to while away an evening with friends or for a special romantic dinner.
Restaurant La Salamandre, 3 route de Laroque, 66690 Sorede
tel: 04 68 89 26 67
Open evening at 19:30 and sunday at 12:00.
Close tuesday wenesday et sunday envening.
by Miranda Preston of our Perpignan office