La Table d'Arconac, in Arconac (Vicdessos)

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La Table d'Arconac, in Arconac (Vicdessos)

by kalba » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:50 pm

You're not likely to drive past this resto by accident as it's tucked down in the small hamlet of Arconac, a couple of kilometres from Vicdessos. But it's well worth seeking out.

You'll be offered two menus: the first, at 14 euros, will buy you an entrée, a choice of 3 or 4 plats, dessert, wine, and coffee. The second, at 22 euros, gives you an entrée, then charcuterie, a choice of plats, a plate of cheeses, dessert, wine and coffee. That's it. But it's all you'd want.

Both menus change daily and are available at lunch and at dinner. We had lunch there last Monday, and our 14 euros bought us: a wonderful mixed plate to start of jambon sec, three different cheeses, carrot rapee, tabbouleh, salad etc; then confit pork cheeks with a hot onion marmalade and potatoes stewed with mushrooms; a fresh peach and chocolate melba; a bottle (no, we didn't drink it all - but those who did - and the place was full - got another one) of Fronton red; and coffee.

There's a lovely terrace overlooking a cascade, and an equally nice, and cosy, inside space. But we're talking small here, so if you want to go at a weekend (for I'm not the first to have discovered this place - it was full when we were there) you'd almost certainly need to book. It's run, very hospitably, by a husband and wife team, David and Karine Tortes: she's in the kitchen, he's front of house. There are no written menus: he describes the day's offerings to each table. Timing is spot on. Everything is du terroir, everything is beautifully cooked and presented, but without pretention. It's the kind of place you'd like to have at the end of your street.

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Re: La Table d'Arconac, in Arconac (Vicdessos)

by Cathy » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:42 pm

Can endorse Kalba's recommendation, after a day's skiing we felt ready for the euro 22 menu and had home-made soup followed by a plate of charcuterie, a main course of pork with a side dish of beans, nice mountain cheese and a nothing-to-write-home-about but acceptable croustade. and coffee. and wine (and yes they do offer you more wine if you finish the bottle!). felt a tad full after all that, not sure I could have tackled it all if it hadn't been minus 9 on the slopes that day...

in the winter it is open on Fri and Sat nights only. also closed Wed lunchtime.
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Re: La Table d'Arconac, in Arconac (Vicdessos)

by Margaret » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:36 pm

I've been meaning to endorse Kalba's recommendation for a while. Obviously those pigs'cheeks are standard fare because we were offered them too, and several other pork dishes. Not only was the food (and the wine) excellent, but the atmosphere was wonderfully convivial. If you have guests from England with you, as we did, there are a couple of pleasant walks to help you work off a few of those calories afterwards: as usual, slimmers need not apply. In fact I'm not sure how you'd get the 22 euro menu down you - oh yes, a morning's skiing. That might work
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