Providence

Restaurant Providence in GuétharyProvidence (Guéthary) - © Providence

After Elsa Marie (ex-Pères Populaires) in 2017, it’s now the turn of the extraordinary Céline Pham who’s making sparks fly in Guéthary until September 3rd. She’s taken over Antoine and Caroline Piechaud’s sophisticated bistro which is anchored to the former whaling port – the facade ressembles the prow of a boat and inside you’ll find antique furniture and checkered black and white tile floors. At the top of her game and sporting espadrilles, the French-Vietnamese chef who trained at Ze Kitchen Galerie, Saturne and Septime, will invent a brand new short and striking menu every day, with powerful Asian influences: incredible wolfish fillets with a puffed rice breading, electrified by a breathtaking sauce (mayo/mirin/soy/toasted sesame seeds), purple basil and cilantro (€8); fresh line-caught hake from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, pan-fried to perfection and served with haricots verts, cherry tomatoes, wild purslane, blackberries (both the fruit and their juice), and crushed Piedmont hazelnuts (€16); and for an imperial finale, ripe nectarines and apricots served raw, topped with a sublime buttermilk/fromage blanc/marigold ice cream and a muscovado sugar cookie (€6). As for the wines, they’re about as natural as they come: a glorious Trepat white from Partida Creus (€6 a glass), a fruity Sicilian Susucaru Rosato (€6), a Languedoc white, Page Blanche, from the Domaine Monts et Merveilles (€37 a bottle), a Côtes-du-Rhône En Attendant Les Copains (€31), etc. During the day, opt for a freshly pressed juice (€5) and some light snacks – banana bread (€4), avocado toast (€7), sardinillas (€5), Basque pâté (€8), sheep’s milk tomme (€5), etc. À la carte €30-34. No reservations. // Philippe Lafon

Getting there

Restaurant Providence
548, avenue du Général de Gaulle
Guéthary
(64210)
France
43.424885
-1.6087986
TEL: +33 9 72 83 44 60