Via del Vi
A Cortel steel door, an enoteca that reaches the ceiling, Scandinavian furniture…. In their well-dressed spot, culinary fanatic Aurélia Mari and Catalan sommelier Romain Margueritte delight the city of Perpignan. What should you expect? Local products turned into excellent Slow Food, like the night we went for dinner: exquisite carrot and cilantro croquettes; very fresh salmorejo (a chilled tomato soup) with a runny oeuf parfait and Bellota ham chips; incredible cod with spelt wheat and squid ink aioli; typical mató (Catalan fresh cheese) made with sheep’s milk, sprinkled with herbs and black olive powder from Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa; before an incredible chocolate ganache caressed by a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkling of fleur de sel for dessert. // P.L.
FEELING THIRSTY? Natural, local wines: a red from Recerca (€5 a glass), a macerated white from the Domaine Danjou-Banessy (€24 a bottle), a rosé from Alain Castex (€26), a blend from Tom Lubbe (€34).
PRICE: À la carte €31-48.