Le Castelleras, Fayence

Yesterday we headed down to Le Castelleras for a spot of lunch and it exceeded all expectations.

Le Castelleras is a restaurant in Fayence which opened in 1989, earned a Michelin star in 2010 and boasts beautiful views of the hills.

The menu is concise and delicious- but perhaps not one for vegetarians (as you will see!)

Grissini, thyme and sea salt crisp breads and sun-dried tomato and anchovy tapenade.

Tomato gazpacho with deep-fried courgette flower. I didn't eat this as I don't like soup nor chilled food (strange, I know) but it received rave reviews from my mum.

Lobster with cannellini beans.

Foie gras terrine.
And now for the star of the show...

Fillet steak with gnocchi, truffles and mushrooms. Oh my. Anything served with truffles is a winner for me, and this was cooked perfectly with just the right balance of flavours.

Monk fish and risotto.

The pre-dessert: vanilla panna cotta with mango coulis. I've never been served a 'pre-dessert' before but I think it should become more of a regular occurrence in restaurants. After all, pudding is the most important meal of the day.

Chocolate fondant with caramelised nuts, caramel ice cream and a glossy, dark chocolate shard.

If a chocolate fondant is ever on the menu, I order it. It's my favourite pudding and the French definitely do it best. Just look at that oozing centre!

Lemon tart with meringue and raspberry sorbet.

Petits fours: pear jelly, madelines, tuiles and chocolate chip cookies.

I wholeheartedly recommend Le Castelleras if you're ever in the area and looking for a treat. The service was quick and attentive without being intrusive, the quality of the food was second to none and the setting provided a tranquility that you just can't get in England. I would suggest booking in advance, and if you're looking to make a day of it then visit the Fayence market while you're in the area (open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday).
Let me know if you ever make it down there!