L’epucurien, a well deserved Michelin star: Albi, South West France

restaurant interior

L’epicurien is a wonderfully contemporary 1 Michelin star restaurant in Albi. An appealing decor with Scandinavian touches of warm light wood, etched glass, starched white table dressings complete with stone coloured linen furnishings throughout and driftwood inspired lamps.

Albi itself is a cathedral city and has recently been awarded World Heritage listing for its medieval quarter, anchored by the cathedral reputed to be the largest brick structure.

L’epicurien offers both an accomplished Bistro menu as well as a Degustation menu – allowing patrons to dip into either for thier choice of main or entre. Both menus showed a confident style. The wine list was extensive with some great Burgundys.  Brisk and knowledgeable staff who all speak fluent english, which is helpful for the non french speaking clientelle.

The degustation menu was innovative and surprising in many ways.  The bistro menu contained some all time favourites like Steak Tartare, Salmon Gravlax and grilled prawns on bed of roasted tomato coulis.  But most of all this is a restaurant that despite its Michelin star, is neither pretentious or fussy, simply serving great food in great ambience.

hors d'oeuvres of puff pastry with gaots curd; anchovy and olive tapenade biscuits; cheese tartlet with saucisson

grilled prawns on roasted tomato coulis and garlic aioli

salmon gravlax with cucumber and potato salad with mustard sauce

the classic steak tartare

grilled entrecote steak

pork belly with squid ink and achovy potato mash, red peppers and chard

L’epicurien 42 Place Jean Jaures, Albi

Téléphone :             +33 5 63 53 10 70

http://www.restaurantlepicurien.com/

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