TO EAT | RESTAURANT
This summer, “La Musée de la Romanité” opened its contemporary doors in Nîmes. The museum is a great asset to this ancient town, but as I arrive around lunchtime, I first head for the restaurant on the second floor: “La Table du 2”. Excellent choice, since chef Franck Putelat and his team spoil me with a great lunch.
As La Table du 2 is on top of the museum, you get a spectacular view on the two-thousand-year-old Arena. I didn’t make a reservation, but if you want to sit front row on the comfortable and shady terrace, it is smart to book a table. You can eat à la carte or choose between set menu’s, both for lunch and dinner. I’m getting quite French I suppose, so I go for the “Au Fil du Temps” menu of 19,50 euro, including three courses. This daily changing lunch only menu is served from Monday to Saturday. I start with a celery remoulade with smoked salmon and a lemon flavoured whipped cream. Light, fresh and excellent, even though I’m not a big celery fan.
You might know chef Franck Putelat from his two-Michelin-starred restaurant “La Table” in Carcassonne or his two brasseries “Au Quatre Temps” in Carcassonne and Tarbes. And now he continues his success in Nîmes. La Table du 2 is more of a brasserie, with a gastronomic touch though. Led by chef Paul Schmitt, you can expect original dishes where classics get revisited. Like the stuffed squid Catalan style I get served as my main dish. Very local and very tasty!
The lunch menu includes a homemade Paris Brest. Impeccably presented with a dollop of creamy textures and crunchy bits. After this heavenly lunch, I am ready to dive into Roman history at the Musée de la Romanité. Which was the actual reason for my visit to Nîmes in the first place… Post will follow!