Approaching Cave Saint Martin
The shaded terrace at Cave Saint Martin
As we mentioned above, the patrons of this charming restaurant head over the road to the shaded terrace overlooking the Orb river.
The Cave Saint Martin menu
There is always a selection of daily specials on the chalkboard menu shown above. Around the terrace there are also more chalkboards with the more regular offerings such as charcuterie plates. We started the meal with some excellent jamon and then turned to the daily specials.
Raw tuna dish
TextFrom the chalkboard menu we particularly enjoyed the carpaccio de thon shown above which saw thin slices of raw, red tuna lying atop house-made tzatziki. The fish was incredibly fresh and host Raymond told us that he uses a fisherman who works out of Agde on the coast and who delivers fresh fish caught the previous night. This was a very tasty dish.
A dish of freshly-caught Espardon (Sword Fish)
Raymond announced when we arrived that there were a couple of dishes not on the menu, including some very fresh sword fish. When it arrived it was cooked exactly as we prefer where it was still undercooked but the heat of the central bone was enough to keep the fish cooking on the plate. It was served very simply and was also delicious.
A dessert of vanilla pannacotta with peaches and apricots
A "coupe" of pannacotta with stewed peaches and apricots finished a delghtful meal.
The epicerie at Cave Saint Martin
After the meal we wandered intot he epicerie to purchase some items for our forthcoming journey.
We spotted some Nardin anchovies in the fridge which proved to us that here they know the very best produce. These anchovies are outstanding - some of the best we have ever eaten in all our travels.
A glimpse of the extensive wine collection
The cave here is famous for its collection of natural wines, many of which have no added sulphites. We were lucky enough to find some very obscure local wines (many based on the Carignan grape so beloved in this region) as well as some old favourites from other regions of France and some from Spain which were particularly delicious.
We are very much looking forward to our next visit here.