Maison de Mézos

  • Date
  • share

Charline and Johan Laval brought the former Hôtel Boucau back to life in the heart of the Landes forest, 10 kilometers from the coastal beaches. There’s a large courtyard and a mismatched dining room (antique furniture, whitewashed wooden rafters), where the ex-car body designer, who used to work for Trama and under Benjamin Toursel in Moirax, keeps customers happy with pretty plates. The day we went for lunch: a runny oeuf parfait nestled atop a lovely green asparagus chartreuse, with tomato compote, slow-cooked onions, chorizo and siphoned mayonnaise; massive line-caught meagre from Capbreton slow-cooked in clarified butter infused with lemongrass and ginger, surfing on a parsley and artichoke coulis, with spring onion and asparagus brunoise and a shiitake mushroom purée; and an improbable but happy marriage between chocolate and fennel – Breton shortbread topped with chocolate mousse, vanilla crème brûlée paired with raw and confit fennel, chocolate crumble and a kiwi-tarragon jelly. // Gérard Roubeix 

FEELING THIRSTY? Organic bottles: Rien ne m’effraie, a Pic-Saint-Loup from La Chouette du Chai (€3 a glass), Jour de Fruit, a Bergerac blanc from L’Ancienne Cure (€23 a bottle), Matières Vieilles Vignes, a Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil from the Domaine Bois Mayaud (€27). 
PRICE: Menus €14.90 to €19.90 (weekday lunch) and €25 to €35, kids’ menu €14. 

Save this spot in the Fooding app, available on iOS! Download it now in the app store.

The 2nd edition of the Belgium guide is available for pre-order!

Discover the latest selection of the Kingdom’s 350 best addresses (restaurants, bars, cellars, shops and bedrooms), an award’s list celebrating this year’s favorite spots, and a magazine section featuring 16 articles exploring the margins of the food world, its hidden stories and some of its most taboo subjects.

2024 Le Fooding Belgium guide frontcover
Pre-order now!

Le Fooding is a print and digital guide to all the restaurants, chefs, bars, stylish hotels and B&Bs that make up the “taste of the times,” plus an annual awards list for new establishments across France, a series of gastronomic events, a tool that allow you to make reservations at some fantastic bistros, and an agency specialized in event planning, content production and consulting… And after conquering France, Belgium is Le Fooding guide’s latest playground!

Fooding® is a registered trademark.