Ever since Fanny and François Lemarié’s cave à manger (a yellow tiled bar, blue tiled walls, an incredible terrace) came on the scene, the Bibi-Beaurivage neighborhood has been buzzing. The night we went, the carefully chosen natural wines paired nicely with exuberant shared plates from Christophe Almodovar (ex-Gagnaire in London) and Marc Le Rohellec (ex-Mercerie in Marseille): a very piggy pork terrine; melt-in-your-mouth slow-roasted eggplant with a miso vinaigrette and puffed wild rice; ultra-crisp, golden baby zucchini with labneh, cucumber and agastache; outstanding octopus with red onions, swimming around in a tomato and basil water; flamboyant meagre ceviche with citrus and tiger’s milk; before an airy Eton mess with strawberries marinated in Banyuls wine. At lunch, there’s a market menu that might feature something like roasted Brussels sprouts with a miso vinaigrette, mustard and smoked bacon; haricots verts with plenty of bite, plus kohlrabi purée, hazelnuts and pickled grapes; tagliatelle with a rabbit ragù, gremolata and a smoked sheep’s milk cheese; chocolate ganache with a star anise ice cream and cocoa nibs…. This is, without a doubt, one of the coolest places in Biarritz.
FEELING THIRSTY? Around a hundred bottles of wine to choose from: G1200, a Txakoli from Getaria (€5 a glass), Anarchiste, a macerated Alsatian white from Kumpf & Meyer (€39 a bottle), Vini Viti Vinci, a Burgundy Aligoté (€30), L’Envol, a red from Benoît Périssé in Dordogne (€26)…
PRICE: Menu €17-20 (lunch), plates €5-20 (dinner).