Their journey began in Collioure, a pearl of the Mediterranean, with its carved rocks which plunge into the sea, and its small colourful boats dancing on the water. They experienced great tasting of anchovies here. They then went to Port Barcarès, Agde, and Narbonne where they discovered the rich local and gastronomic history. Yesterday, the three friends were in Sète. They crisscrossed the city, strolled over the harbour and watched the fishing boats sail in, escorted by a flock of seagulls and herring gulls. A vision not to be missed! It was impossible for them to ignore the fish market. They even decided to go for a guided tour and to attend the auction and watch all the scrolling crates, where bream, sea bass, sole, cuttlefish, squid, mackerel, sardines, whiting… were all still wriggling around!
Today, they have stopped off at Bouzigues: An informative tour of the museum, a stroll along the Thau lagoon and discovery of mussel farming on a boat trip. They are now seated on the terrace of a restaurant, admiring the reflections of the sun in the water. “It’s beautiful here, it’s incredible how good you feel in this region,” says the eldest of the three enthusiastically. “We can have some tapas with supions [baby cuttlefish], snails, and razor clams with parsley to start the meal with?” “Good idea but we could also have some tielles à la Sétoise, I love it. I will have a nice fillet of Saint-Pierre for the main. Everyone says it’s an excellent fish”. Others are reflecting on the menu. The platter of mussels, oysters, clams and Mediterranean lobsters and langoustines is without question a favourite of the second guest. The third one is still hesitating: Mixed grilled fish (parillada) or stuffed squid and mussels? The choice is difficult, but in the end he opts for a parillada, which will allow him to taste several varieties of fish.
The waiter is friendly, and very caring. The atmosphere is pleasant, and the arrival of a good bottle of white wine in an ice bucket sounds as the opening of a fine gastronomic experience. They will not be disappointed!