A few weeks ago I asked for any info on good places to eat in the Cevennes region of France. I didnt get any replies so as I am here and eating extremely well I thought I should post my findings. I will do it as I go in case anyone is lucky enough to ne coming to this beautiful part of the world in the near future.
The Relais de Fageas is in Soudorgues, a little hamlet on the way to nowhere except the nearest mountain pass. But well worth visiting for the views and the food. The Relais is a sturdy , stone building with a seating area outside underneath the chestnut tree. Menus at 15 and 20 Euros. I have visited twice and the cook makes you a plate of crudites (chickpeas which are grown in the region are an ingredient of most hors doeuvres round here) whilst preparing the main course. For Sunday lunch this was a navarin of spring lamb cooked with what were either raisins or small youg grapes. Desert was a warm tarte tatin. Today I had confit de canard cooked with endive/chicory [the white ciger shaped one]. This is a vegetable I have never liked but am now won over. It was roasted to a sweetness which took most of the bitterness away but left enough to cut through the fat of the duck.
Restaurant les Adrets is in Anduze, a small market town. Its dish of the day was superb. Roast veal of a quality and succulence which would seem to guarantee that the calf had a happy if short life, served with creamed spinanh. With crudites before and crème caramel after this was a marvellous meal for 10 Euros.