TO EAT | RESTAURANT
Béziers is a historic mid-sized town in the South of France, and it’s a great place to spend some time. However, wandering through the picturesque little streets of one of the oldest cities in France might make you hungry. It just so happens that this lovely town hosts some excellent restaurants. Below you will find my selection- in alphabetic order- of my top 5 best restaurants in Béziers, in case you are in need of gastronomic inspiration.
Chéri and I have had dinner numerous times at the innovative restaurant La Maison de Petit Pierre, run by chef Pierre Augé, winner of the French edition of Top Chef in 2014. As he is named after his father, he quickly became known as “Petit Pierre” to avoid confusion. Hence the name of the restaurant located near the arenas: La Maison de Petit Pierre. The restaurant works with set menus both for lunch and dinner, and you can choose if you want to have a starter, main and/or dessert. Most of the time, we want it all. As Le Petit Pierre is a very popular restaurant, you have to make a reservation well ahead of time.
Life is too short to drink bad wine, as they say in France. However, sometimes it might be a bit difficult to choose which wine to go with your lunch or dinner. That’s why I like to eat at a wine bar, where they know their wines. One of my favourite wine bars in Béziers is Le Chameau Ivre. They stock no less than 2,800 bottles of wine (!), and they know how to pair each one with their great food. Le Chameau Ivre, which means “the drunken camel”, lies in the heart of Béziers. Right on the renovated Place Jean Jaurès with its musical fountains, the wine bar offers tapas and several set menus to enjoy while you have your wine.
Sometimes you find a hidden gem in an unexpected place. I mean, who would think of fine wining and dining next to Béziers’ library?! The building itself is a modern design, but the surroundings don’t really shout ‘go out and have a delightful dinner’. Until now! A few years ago, chef Olivier Bontemps and his wife Emanuelle opened brasserie Ô Petits Bontemps, and it is a great addition to this part of town. Ô Petits Bontemps offers a very decently priced lunch menu: 22 euros will get you three courses. The food they serve is a wonderful mix of Mediterranean flavours, and a true feast for the taste-buds.
The delightful restaurant Pas Comme les Autres is actually a wine bar where you can have organic and ‘living’ wines (‘vins vivant’) as well as a bite to eat. This ‘cave à manger’ (cellar where you can dine) is located in the heart of Béziers on Place de Madeleine, just around the corner from Les Halles. The menu, written on blackboards, hangs above the bar, although a piece of high-quality meat is kind of a must to order. At the back of the modestly sized restaurant, you will find a wall full of wine bottles. Here you can choose your wine for dinner per glass or by the bottle, with the help of sommelier and chef Romain Henry Niess if needed!
There’s a new kid in town: tapas restaurant Pica-Pica. Fabien Lefebvre, former Michelin starred chef at Octopus, decided to return to his roots by opening this new restaurant. Located on a corner of the spacious Place Jean Jaurès, it is an excellent asset to the town. I had already heard rumours about this new arrival before I could tempt Chéri to join me there for lunch. You can enjoy your lunch or dinner on the beautiful terrace. However, I also love eating in their sophisticatedly designed interior with its warm colour scheme mixed with modern artwork, designer lamps and a classic black and white checkered floor. This place is well on its way to becoming my new favourite place to eat.