Les 9 Caves

Les 9 Caves (Banyuls-sur-Mer)

Darina Gottmann

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Natasja (the chef) and Jan-Paul Delhaas (the sommelier) set themselves a challenge when they left Wink, their restaurant in Amsterdam, to take over this former co-op winery that’s been transformed into a wine bar by nine talented winemakers. At lunch the other day, in the space overflowing with bottles from both here and afar: memorable flash-seared squid on a bed of cucumber and leeks, smoked mushrooms, cilantro, peanuts, sesame seeds and a squid ink vinaigrette; very fresh grilled Mediterranean little tunny with beets, baby broad beans, sorrel and a red wine jus; before a delightful vanilla-caramel panna cotta snuggled up with a strawberry coulis. Worth noting: there are three eco-friend gîtes available for rent. // P.L.

FEELING THIRSTY? You won’t find any wines more natural than these!Késako? A Roussilon white from Patrice Delthil (€4.50 a glass), La Luna, a Côte-Vermeille rosé from Bruno Duchêne (€23 a bottle), Avec le Temps, a Côtes-du-Roussillon red from Edouard Laffitte (€23)…

PRICE: Menus €23.50 (lunch), €29.50 and €47.50 (dinner), à la carte €34-41.

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