Say goodbye to the retro-terroir-ist plates of the past! This elegant bistro (upholstered banquettes, big mirrors) from Sète-native Xavier Bousquet, sees chef Keisuke Mizuguchi return to his first love: Japanese classics. For us, the day we went for lunch: a moist sando (a sandwich made on toasted bread) filled with crispy breaded pollack, red cabbage and an incredible yuzu mayonnaise; a copious bowl of ramen featuring a full-bodied dashi broth, firm noodles, shimeji mushrooms, an egg, bamboo shoots and chives; before a voluptuous poached peach in a Chardonnay jelly, sprinkled with crushed pistachios. In short, Cette excellent! And what about at night? The former chef at Toyo puts an izakaya twist on his small Franco-Japanese plates: Gillardeau oysters with ponzu sauce; soy-marinated eggplant; fried Landes chicken; ramen… // M.R.
FEELING THIRSTY? Kirin on tap (€4.50 for a half-pint), Nigori Yuzushu liquor (€8 for 60 ml), plus a few organic wines: a Roussillon red from the Domaine Les Conques (€7 a glass), a Chinon white from Les Guilbaud (€38 a bottle)…
PRICE: Sando €12, ramen €16, tapas €4-25 (dinner).