Always on the lookout for new restaurants to add to my list, I stumbled across the magnificent Château of Saint Pierre de Serjac. Tucked away in the scenic Languedoc countryside, the château is surrounded by a typical Mediterranean landscape. When Chéri and I drove up the driveway to the castle, we both fell silent at the sight of the beautifully lit estate. What a magical place!
As we entered, I was expecting some really fancy restaurant with penguin-dressed waiters. None of that. The tasteful design and warm welcome by the friendly staff immediately made us feel at ease. Chéri and I didn’t have anything special to celebrate. Nonetheless, we increased the festive vibe of the evening with a gin-champagne cocktail. The set menu offered two choices for each course. Chéri chose the breaded salmon gravlax to begin with. I went for a delicious celery and potato risotto with a soft boiled egg. Spot on!
We continued our dinner with another excellent dish. Free range chicken served with braised chicories and fried crosnes for Chéri. I had to look up “crosnes” in a dictionary, as I couldn’t quite figure out what it was. It translates into “knotroot” or “Chinese artichokes”. Which neither Chéri or I had ever tasted before. Still don’t know what it is, but it was very good. I had the cassolette of scallops with shrimp broth, mushrooms and fennel. We both savoured our meals with great relish.
The dessert was the same for both of us: a chocolate and orange medly. All flavours and textures of this gorgeous dessert married very well together. We had a lovely night out at le Chȃteau Saint Pierre de Serjac. I cannot wait to go back in spring to sit on the beautiful terrace overlooking the vineyards. A perfect addition to my hidden gem list!