Le Tracteur | Restaurant | Natural wine | Argilliers | France

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Open: Lunch Mon - Fri, dinner Fri
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 66 62 17 33
Address: Route d'Uzes (D38 and D981)
Argilliers, 30700
Country: France

Le Tracteur is both a fine restaurant and a Cave a Vins where you can drop in at any time of the day to buy a bottle or two of very good natural wine. It is conveniently, for travellers, situated near the historic town of Uzes and not too far from the Pont-du-Gard. The cooking here is very good and the outside tables at lunch time are the perfect place to enjoy the combination of food and wine.
At a recent meal we sat outside on a perfect day in late September with the sun shining and a gentle, warm breeze blowing. We ordered Veloute d'Aubergine and Encornet Marine for starters followed by Echine de Cochon Rotie and Filet de Bar.
The eggplant soup was served in a small white bowl which was, in turn, placed on a large white plate scattered with local brousse, a soft white cheese made from goats' milk and small pieces of walnut. This was a nice combination of flavours and textures with the cheese being an excellent foil to the eggplant.
The squid had been deep fried in a firm batter sitting on a cream of avocado and scattered with mint and coriander. The squid was very tender and the crunch of the batter added texture.
The fish dish was interesting because it was accompanied by a puree of pumpkin which we thought might have overpowered the delicate fish, but it worked just fine. There were also some slivers of very good jamon placed on top of the fish.
The pork was served on the bone and was very tender. It was accompanied by some whole onions and some spinach leaves.
We finished by sharing a spicy poached pear with some good vanilla ice cream.
It was altogether a very satisfying meal.
We were then able to buy an interesting range of natural wines from both the local area and the Ardeche and the Languedoc.

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