Sometimes a name of a restaurant is enough to trigger my curiosity. Like restaurant Les Enfants Terribles in Villeneuve-lès-Béziers. My imagination runs wild when I hear a name like that! But I didn’t spot any terrible kids in this locally renowned restaurant. Fish restaurant, I should say, as that’s their specialty. So, if you’re an ardent seafood lover, you might want to give it a try as well.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who asks about the meaning of the restaurant’s name. Well, owners Franck and Nathalie simply don’t like to do things the conventional way. Franck and his team cook like the wind blows and honours the catch of the day, while Nathalie cheerily frolics around the front of the house at Les Enfants Terrible. All with a pinch of preserved childhood madness, of course! Menu-wise, it’s seafood as far as the eye can see. There is a choice between the ‘Menu du Jour’ (20 euros), ‘Menu Tradition’ (24.90 euros) and the ‘Menu des Specialités’ (39.90 euros). All of them include a starter, main course and dessert. We sat at the comfortable, blue parasol covered terrace, hence the bluish hue on the pictures…
Chéri and I brought the kids for lunch, as they all like fish. The twins asked for the children’s menu, with a piece of freshly grilled fish and chips. Oldest, Chéri and I were a bit hungrier and went for the Menu Tradition. I chuckled a little when Oldest confidently ordered the grilled tentacles, as I had seen them on a neighbouring plate. He was expecting fried octopus rings, so he was slightly surprised when his starter came. I’m an evil mom… He took it like a man though, finished it (with only a little complaining) and even liked the tender octopus meat. Meanwhile, Chéri relished his scallop carpaccio while I revelled in my gratinated oysters.
Les enfants terribles
Chéri and Oldest played it safe for the main course, both ordering a tuna steak. The twins had finished their plates by now and took most of my clams, which went with my sea bream. I didn’t mind too much though, as the dishes at Les Enfants Terribles are copious. Therefore, I wanted to save some room for my ‘café gourmand’, which was a great selection of sweet little bites. Chéri had the classic French profiteroles, and the kids finished their meal with a few scoops of ice cream. Who would have thought that you could have such a terrific feast with these terrible kids?!