Dishes like pieces of art at Restaurant L’Ancienne École in Palau-del-Vidre

By February 19, 2019RESTAURANT, TO EAT
Restaurant L’Ancienne École in Palau-del-Vidre

I discovered the restaurant L’Ancienne École in Palau-del-Vidre a while ago. This warm and authentic restaurant resides in a former school, hence the name. We went there “en famille” to finish off our holiday in style, and had a wonderful time, enjoying traditional dishes with a modern twist. Even the kids had beautiful meals, which made them forget about the inevitable ‘steak haché frites’, which most restaurants normally serve.


As it was our festive night out, Chéri and I ordered a heavenly bubbling kir made with chestnut liqueur. We also got a starter, while the kids were served their mains. I eyed our daughter’s plate, who ordered the same main as I did, and it looked very good. Same with our starters: a fresh salmon tartare for Chéri and I had a very rich salad of endives, pear, smoked duck breast and loads of other seasonal flavours. We all were impressed by the beautiful presentation of the dishes!

Restaurant L’Ancienne École in Palau-del-Vidre

Interesting textures

The kids played cards, while we continued our feast. Chéri had noticed a venison steak on the menu of the day, which was served with a delicious matching pear and blackcurrant sauce. At the same time as his dish arrived, my grilled salmon came, served with lentils and other interesting looking textures which I couldn’t quite define. It didn’t matter, as all the flavours paired perfectly well together.

Restaurant L’Ancienne École in Palau-del-Vidre

Café gourmand

By this time, the kids were done playing cards, and we all had a little room left for dessert. Ice cream for the little ones and Chéri and I couldn’t choose, so we both ordered the café gourmand. The best option if you ask me, as L’Ancienne École makes a really good one, including small bites of each and every dessert on their menu. Too bad we don’t live close by, we’ll have to save this address for our holidays in the Pyrénées-Orientales department.

Restaurant L’Ancienne École in Palau-del-Vidre


Restaurant L’Ancienne École combines traditional cuisine with high quality, local products. Chef Baptiste Gaillard and his team cook with pleasure, and it shows. You can eat à la carte, with prices for a main dish ranging from 19 to 26 euros. As it is a highly appreciated place, don’t forget to make a reservation.

L’Ancienne École
20, Avenue Joliot Curie
66690 Palau-del-Vidre
+33 (0)4 68 22 34 09


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