TO EAT | RESTAURANT
French cuisine is famous all around the globe. Living here is a feast for a foodie like me. Of course, I do not cook a fancy meal every night. Or even every week. But I always cook with fresh, local and seasonal products. However, every now and then, I just long for Asian food. Spicy, and with a completely different use of flavours than the French cuisine. So this is why I am so happy to share my favourite Thai restaurant with you: Le Thai de Castigno in the lovely village of Assignan.
To find this perfect Thai restaurant, I was mostly looking in nearby towns. I didn’t expect to find it in the countryside. Assignan is a very charming and typical Southern French village, hidden in the inland of Languedoc and surrounded by vineyards and the Mediterranean vegetation called garrigue. When entering the village, just follow the signs to the restaurant. Le Thai de Castigno is part of the complete de Castigno family, set up by Belgians Tine and Mark Verstraete. The village itself is small; you won’t get lost easily.
Le Thai de Castigno has a very stylish decoration, with subtle good taste. You will find the well-known red lanterns and Buddha statues, without it feeling overdone at all. There is only one menu, but you can trust the cook. Chéri and I started with an amuse-bouche of crispy chicken drumsticks, washed down with a locally brewed beer called La Gorge Fraîche. As a starter, we enjoyed a salad with warm pork minced meat and all the flavours of Thai cuisine. Cilantro, lime and chilli pepper- all were present! To be accompanied by rosé wine from the very local Château de Castigno of course.
The best curry
The main course was the best curry I have had in a while. Lots and lots of flavours that tickled my taste buds! Prawns and vegetables in a delicious curry sauce served with white rice, a fresh salad and spicy sauces. To finish off this gorgeous meal, Chéri had a chocolate mousse, and I choose the mango one. Not too much, not too little, just the perfect sweet ending to a wonderful dinner. Nom, nom, I could eat here every week…