We usually visit villages, wineries, historical sites or one of the many Provencal markets in the region. Once we decide where we are going, I try to find a good place for lunch as I don't like to leave that important decision to chance. Fellow foodies know exactly what I mean.
Sometimes our destination is a restaurant, then we hope it's in an interesting place or pretty spot, like the day we headed to Gaujac with friends Steve and Mary to dine at La Maison. I discovered La Maison in Michelin's Bonnes Petites Tables guide for 2013, my best resource for good restaurants.
Gaujac is a small village (population 1,026) on the other side of the Rhone river in the department of Gard in the Languedoc-Roussillon region about one hour from our home in Sablet. Here are some sights that caught my eye as we walked around Gaujac before lunch.
|Gaujac town hall|
|Gaujac clock tower with iron belfry|
|Gaujac war memorial|
|La Maison Restaurant|
La Maison is located in a 17th century vigneron's (winery owner) house built in the defensive walls of Gaujac.
|Shirley waiting outside La Maison Restaurant|
The restaurant is owned by chef Christine and husband Pierre who works the front of the house. The restaurant has been owned by the couple for 9 years. Options for seating are a vaulted dining room and patio.
|La Maison Restaurant dining room|
As I said, I found La Maison in the 2013 Michelin Guide to Bonnes Petites Tables. Restaurants in the Guide have been chosen as Michelin inspector's favorites and awarded a Bib Gourmand. Bib Gourmand restaurants offer three courses for 31 Euros or less.
We ordered a bottle of 2012 Château de Tresques Côtes du Rhône rosé and waited for lunch. First out, an amuse bouche of carrot ginger soup with a swirl of reduced balsamic vinegar on top. A great start. Check out the rest of our meal.
|Amuse bouche of carrot ginger soup with swirl of reduced balsamic vinegar|
|First course of grilled tuna over lentil salad with soy sauce and sesame oil.|
|Main course of grilled beef|
|Main course of pan roasted sea bass with Madras curry sauce and sweet potato vanilla puree.|
The food was excellent and service was friendly and attentive. The only slightly negative thing if any would be there are only a couple of choices for each course. We look forward to a return visit.
There is not a lot to see in Gaujac but La Maison would be a great choice for lunch or dinner before or after a visit to the Pont du Gard (19 km), Uzès (19 km), or wine tasting in Tavel (17 km) or Lirac (14 km).
La Maison Restaurant
Rue du Presbytère
Tel: 04 66 39 33 08
Have a great week. Chat soon.