restaurant

Art’Zain

Art’Zain (Irissarry)

  • Date
  • share

Chef Henri Amestoy is the son of a shepherd (artzain in Basque) who worked in the kitchens of La Ferme Gourmande in Ossès for seven years before settling down in the neighboring village of Irissarry. In this huge building made of stones and wooden rafters, the Basque native tenderly catalyzes the crème de la crème of local artisanal ingredients. The evening we went, his €32 menu included: a divine pork terrine from Belaun with pickled black radish; a hard-boiled egg with spring peas and beans, prepared like a tartare and served in a piquillo pepper sauce; juicy rib-eye steak dry aged for 50 days, paired with polenta and roasted vegetables; graceful chicken jambonnette with an intoxicating carrot-orange mousseline and a lovage-infused butter sauce; before a really runny chocolate lava cake for the radical finale. // N.K.

FEELING THIRSTY? There’s a succinct wine list that’s even a little profane when compared to how masterful the cuisine is: Goiz ala Berant, an Irouléguy from the Domaine Xubialdea (€5.90 a glass), a Mâcon-Villages Chardonnay from Nicolas Maillet (€27 a bottle).

PRICE: Set menu €15 (weekday lunch), menus €32-57, kids’ menu €13.

Le Fooding’s 2022 Guide is fresh out of the oven!

What’s on the menu this year? A brand-new selection of 200 restaurants, bars and bedrooms across France, articles sprinkled throughout the magazine, the taste of the times distilled down to its purest form in our highly anticipated award’s list and, for the very first time, two new guides to the country’s best stand-out shops and spirited cellars!

2021 Le Fooding guide frontcover
I WANT IT!

About

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… In short, something to keep you on your toes at all times!

Fooding® is a registered trademark.