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Restaurant L'Essentiel in Saint-Jean-de-LuzL'Essentiel (Saint-Jean-de-Luz)

Warning: this establishment was tested before the reign of Covid 19… Certain information may no longer be up to date in regards to the current situation: hours, menu, prices…

Far from the bustling tourist center, you’ll find this cool neo-bistro (moleskin benches, copper suspension lamps, an open kitchen) where the young Morgan Ortega (ex-Maison Pic) successfully refines his menu. The day we went for lunch, the “petite” menu included: roasted coalfish with celery purée and sautéed zucchini, followed by salted caramel rice pudding! Another option is to order some of the marvelous à la carte dishes: a stunning skate, mango and chive pressé with cauliflower mousseline and wasabi espuma; irreproachable meagre steak caressed by a shellfish espuma, clams, peas, and a sunchoke-black garlic purée; before the ultra-gourmet pineapple dessert (roasted and caramelized, as a brunoise in a citrus syrup, and as a carpaccio!), paired with pear ice cream and a crumble topping. // P.L.

FEELING THIRSTY? There are natural wines (a Chablis from the Gautherons at €6 a glass, a Touraine from Chidaine for €20 a bottle, a Morgon from Lapierre at €39) and Basque beers (lagers from Epa de Laugar Rebel Beers and Aupa de Basqueland Brewing Project – €4.60 for 330 ml).

PRICE: Set menu option €19 (weekday lunch), menu €55 (4 courses). À la carte €35-46.

Getting there

Restaurant L'Essentiel
4, rue Vincent Barjonnet
TEL: +33 5 47 02 41 47