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Miremont Patisserie in Biarritz, France

04 Aug

It’s no secret the French really know how to create exquisite pastries, cakes and breads, so before leaving for Biarritz I made sure I did a bit of research to find out what the patisserie situation would be. As you can imagine I was pretty excited by what awaited me at Miremont.

It’s a traditional tea room in downtown Biarritz that all started in the 1800s. They specialise in traditional recipes of pastries (the most decadent pain au raisin ever to touch my lips), chocolates, cakes (I should say gateaux), and even ice creams and sorbets.

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Walking inside, I was quickly reminded of the Laudree tea house in Paris. There are many similarities from the rows of cakes all perfectly lined up, to the font used on the menu.

A hot tip – if you want to be able to make your selection from the widest range – arrive early! Once they’re gone for the day, they’re gone!

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Our first trip there was quite early so I was able to take a walk up  and down the displays admiring all the cakes in their glory before making a decision. Between the three of us, we decided on a chocolate éclair, a chocolate and raspberry tart, and a chocolate macaroon. The chocolate and raspberry tart was my favourite – the marriage of chocolate and raspberry is just a match made in heaven! The tartness of the raspberry perfectly complements the intense dark chocolate.

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A second visit was required, this time opting for a plain chocolate tart (decorated with a gold leaf) and a glazed raspberry and pistachio slice. The chocolate tart was delicious and very similar to the chocolate and raspberry one from the previous visit, but needed that raspberry kick. And I’m not too much of a fan of glazed things, so I didn’t steal too much of Chris’ raspberry slice, but it was still pretty good.

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Tinks purchased some pretty handmade chocolates flavoured with earl gray tea which were quite glorious – and priced accordingly!

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Miremont also serve lunch made up of things like finger sandwiches and salads, but I think it’s definitely the place for all things sweet! The tea selection looked pretty good, but we never made it that far!

Visit Miremont at 1 Bis, place Clémenceau 64200 Biarritz. Open every day from 9am to 8pm.

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Le Clos Basque restaurant, Biarritz

03 Aug

Le Clos Basque was recommended to us by Sue, from whom we had rented the lovely central apartment on Place Saint Eugenie. http://www.holiday-rentals.co.uk/p82808. She had said it was the best restaurant in Biarritz, but still not outrageously priced. We were instantly sold on the recommendation and made a prompt booking.

The restaurant was quite small and being popular, a reservation was essential as the place ended up being full. There was a lovely “local” feel to the restaurant. It is built in a small stone building and on a quiet street so seemed the type of place you needed to know about to be able to find.

There were only two servers which meant service was quite slow. We even waited about 10 mins to get the menus, but once we had the French bread we were prepared to wait for what we knew would be amazing food. It was also a great opportunity to improve my French by attempting to translate the menu.

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The French really know how to make a great Rosè – the Saint Jean du Novi was an excellent choice. It was that beautiful light crimson colour I love in a rosè with a delightful taste of red berries.

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The menu was quite simple being split into entrees, mains which are either “la terre” (from the earth i.e. meat), or “la mer” (from the sea), and my fave – desserts. 

I opted for the only veggie entree on the menu – les lègumes gorgès de Soleil grillès en salade, feta marinèe which I loosely translated to grilled sundried vegetables with marinated feta. I was pretty close! And damn happy with my choice! The mix of flavours on the plate was just heaven!

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After that, I was suitably excited for my main dish of Merlu (white fish very popular in the region), sundried tomatoes and red pesto with pureed courgettes and potatoes (Le dos de Merlu aux Ecailles de tomates confites et pesto rossa, purèe de courgettes a la pomme de terre) which was simply divine!

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A sign of an amazing restaurant is when everyone is so pleased with their choice that we all believe we have won. This was case at our table where mains order by the others were a roasted Merou fish fillet with saffron risotto, and a calamari dish with cod and bacon.

The most exciting part of the meal was next – dessert! My chocolate terrine with green tea sorbet (La terrine glacèe au chocolat, sorbet au thè vert) was again an absolute winner! The chocolate terrine was rich and smooth and perfectly complemented by the green tea sorbet.

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The other options of waffles with a nutella and mascarpone crème, and some sort of bread pudding with a crème anglaise didn’t even come close (in my mind), but were enjoyed by my companions.

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A nice touch to end on was the dark chocolate that was served with the espresso coffees.

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So all up this restaurant was definitely a fabulous choice! 3 out of 3 for me with a glorious rosè, and some delicious chocolate to finish!

If you are ever visiting Biarritz, I would strongly recommend you make a booking and enjoy the delicious meals served up in this laid back, yet professional restaurant.

Restaurant details:

12, Rue Louis Barthou
64200 Biarritz, France
+33 5 59 24 24 96

Dishes: Entrees – €7.50, Mains – €13, Desserts – €5.50. 3 courses at €26.

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Foodie highlights from Biarritz, France

02 Aug

After a week in Biarritz, I feel it extremely necessary to hit up the gym. I know it’s usually acceptable to indulge when you take a short break, but I may have gone overboard on this last trip!. The main reason being the extensive range of ice creams and sorbets on offer in this Atlantic coast town which edges France’s south-western border with Spain.

Biarritz is a fantastic location for a short summer stint. It’s a short flight from London and we were lucky enough to have 30 degree sunshine everyday for a week. The water was even a pleasant 22 degrees!

I wasn’t expecting gastronomic delights in this seaside town, but I was pleasantly surprised and feel they should be shared!

Firstly, as mentioned before – the ice cream! There are so many ice creameries scattered around town, many of them close to the beaches for that beachside refreshing snack. The big ones are Regaliz and Glacier – which both happened to be on the walk from our flat to the beach every day! See below for the list of flavours available at Glacier on Rue Mazagran. Highlights were the mint (menthe) chocolate which tasted like fresh Moroccan mint with slivers of rich dark chocolate and no artificial mint taste. Praline which was like the middle of a piece of Guylian and framboise with chunks of fresh raspberry were also winners.

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Regaliz further up on Rue Port Vieux has additional flavours such as violet, rocher, chilli chocolate, marshmallow and lemon meringue tart which is topped with a layer of whipped meringue – divine! With so many to try, it’s lucky we were there for a week!

A sure fire way to gauge the quality of a restaurant is by how popular it is. An added bonus is if there is a tasty smell in the air! The small Le Glouby pizzeria on Rue Port Vieux always had a crowd of people at their limited pavement and inside tables and had a strong garlic and oregano aroma which makes your tummy rumble. The vegetarian pizza was simply divine with finely sliced aubergines (eggplant), mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella and a herb sauce. Bon Appetite!

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Other savoury highlights were the crumbed goats cheese salad (which was requested sans serrano of course!) from La Santa Maria on Esplanade du Port Vieux, and the chicken and sundried tomato risotto with fabulous presentation from the Italian restaurant Al Dente on rue Gambetta.

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The bar/cafe at the top of the stairs to Cote de Basque beach called Les 100 Marches serves up a range of salads and sandwiches but what impressed me was their range of quiches and tarts. Now they are just a small building overlooking the beach and I think they have done a great job with their menu as it consists of meals that are able to be easily assembled in their small kitchen. I’m assuming they have their quiches and tarts delivered in the morning and once they’re gone, they’re gone. Their spring tart made of layered onion, leeks, courgettes, carrots and broccoli was a sure fire hit. The slices were absolute massive too and accompanied with a simple yet tasty salad.

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We stumbled on Le Pim’pi on Avenue Verdun by chance and were hosted by a delightful French lady who spoke to us entirely in French as she knew we wanted learn. I ordered the Pesce St Jean which happened to be Merlu from Saint Jean. It was served grilled with a not-too-creamy sauce, sautéed veggies and a soft, velvety mash. My initial nerves of a menu lacking “no red meat” options were laid to rest, although full vegetarians would have struggled.

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Le Pim’pi has one of most refreshing and balanced rosé wines I have ever tasted and have made a note of it in case I see it again – Domaine Montrose which is of course French. Keep your eyes peeled for it!

And it must be mentioned that the Basque region in France has a specialty Basque tart which comes in crème and cherry varieties. The patisseries and bakeries all have a version but it wasn’t until I saw a chocolate version that I thought it would be a good idea to try one. While the edges were crumbly, there was an inner layer of soft, gooey chocolaty goodness that made it all worthwhile.

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The absolute gastronomic highlights of Biarritz would have to be Miremont patisserie and Le Clos Basque restaurant. However, I feel they deserve a separate post so stay tuned…

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