When visiting the book and art village of Montolieu, you should have a look at the artistic Manufacture Royale. This historic site was once the former textile factory and now hosts a cultural centre with artisanal workshops and art galleries. And a welcoming restaurant aptly called L’Aposthrophe. After all, we’re in the village that has words flowing through its veins.
Oldest and Youngest joined me in my visit to Montolieu, being the book lovers of our family. Before our exploration, we needed some energy, and I had already found out that Montolieu has several good restaurants. As I also wanted to visit the Manufacture Royale, the choice was easy. Restaurant L’Apostrophe can be reached by climbing a majestic looking staircase that brings you to the Maison de Maître. Walking through the long hallway led us to the restaurant, warmly decorated in a retro-jazzy-style. It has a bar and a lounge to enjoy a cocktail or some wine, and you can also rent out a room. However, the kids and I went for the restaurant section.
All set, we opted to sit outside in the covered gallery, marked by a striking black and white checkered floor and with a view on the green garden. L’Apostrophe offers a menu with about five options per course. They serve mostly French classics with a hint of world cuisine. I opted for the Formule aux Choix, with a set price for two or three courses. As Youngest chose the children’s menu (13 euros) with homemade nuggets and Oldest only wanted a steak frites, I went for the three-course option for 29 euros. Therefore, I ordered a simple plate of fine charcuterie as a starter so we could share.
While Oldest and Youngest savoured their main courses, I was delighted with my ‘fish of the day’ dish. It was a filet of sole, served with a ratatouille of summer vegetables and an elegant, silky tarragon sauce. A meal without any frills but no less tasty for it. My kids resemble me foodwise, so all three of us ordered dessert. Youngest had an ice cream with her children’s menu, and Oldest joined her. My menu included a free choice of dessert, and I decided to try the mango cream topped off with a fresh fruit tartar. Although the kids were happy with their ice cream, they did like my summery treat as well!