The remote outskirts of the Languedoc hinterland near Capestang hide a delightful restaurant. Le Pourquoi Pas requires effort to find it, but once you have discovered this lucky find, you can do a happy dance. Situated along the Canal du Midi, the peaceful scenery of this former inn invites you in for a lovingly prepared meal. And the good news is that you can even arrive at the restaurant by boat.
The first time- years ago- that Chéri and I went to Le Pourquoi Pas, it had already started to become dark. Therefore, we followed our GPS, which led us to a tiny little road through the vineyard. With only the moon and our headlights illuminating our way, we started to slightly doubt ourselves and the GPS… However, feeling like we were on a real adventure, we continued and eventually found the charming tables d’hôtes and wine bar.
Toast to life
This time, Chéri and I had lunch and therefore could admire the magical setting of Le Pourquoi Pas. After crossing the Malviès bridge, we parked the car and were welcomed by host Renaud and chef Mathieu. In September, you can still sit outside in the South of France, so we did. While having our starter of a tasteful roasted bell pepper gazpacho and a small camembert wrapped in puff pastry, we toasted to life. And to the ‘rentrée’, as it is great to have the kids back at school so we could spend some quality time together.
While gazing over the far-reaching vineyards, our main courses arrived. Chéri had ordered the fish of the day, which was a sea bream. It came with a chive sauce and a summery ratatouille made of vegetables from the restaurant’s organic garden. On the other side of the table, I was served a haché du boeuf (beef patty), stuffed with goat cheese, which was an original twist. To conclude our festive lunch, we obviously ordered some dessert. Chéri enjoyed a tarte tatin style brioche french toast, while I couldn’t resist the pear tiramisu. Below you will find the address of Le Pourquoi Pas. And don’t panic if you find yourself in the middle of vineyards without a sign of life, let alone a restaurant: you’re probably on the right track!