On a recent visit to Montpellier, I had wanted to have lunch at L’Heure Bleue, an antiques store/restaurant/tearoom on Rue de la Carbonnerie. The last time I had been to L’Heure Bleue was a few years ago. I had fond memories of it’s cozy and kitsch decor and the delicious food! The concept was fun – everything in the restaurant was for sale: the tables, the chairs, the china, literally anything around you could be bought and taken home, if you so wished. When I pushed the door open on my most recent visit, there was none of the usual hum, and nobody was seated at the tables. Perhaps I was a little too early? Alas I was too late! When I asked about having lunch, the owner said that they had stopped serving food about a year ago.
He could see how disappointed I was (he probably was too), and suggested that I try another Salon de The just around the corner – L’Appart’Thé. So off I went, down Rue de la Carbonnerie, turning right into Rue de l’Aiguillerie, and finally left into Rue Glaize. I was so pleased when I spotted L’Appart’Thé, that I almost went flying when I missed a step outside the restaurant!
There were tables outside the restaurant, and even though it was a nice and sunny day, it felt a little too cool for me to be sitting outside. Inside, the dining room was small but bright, with a lovely warm feel to it. There was space for only eight people at four tables for two. A counter at one end of the room separated the kitchen from the dining room, and allowed me to watch the chef preparing the dishes. There were already some people seated and I felt a little too self-conscious to take photographs.
The menu was very simple: a choice of three starters, two main courses, and four desserts. My dining companion and I both opted to have the fresh ravioli for our starters. The ravioli were filled with mountain (raw cured) ham and curd cheese, and served with a creamy sauce. The ravioli were very delicious!
My dining companion chose the slowly braised pork chop for his main:
I had the roast beef:
Both of the main courses were delicious. What we really liked was that for once there was a good amount of vegetables on the plates – that happens so rarely in restaurants in France. The vegetables were perfectly cooked and totally appropriate for the season: turnips, carrots, cabbage, sweet potato and regular potato.
From the five desserts on the menu I chose the apple tart:
and my companion chose the apricot dessert with a caramelised top:
Both desserts were yummy!
When I came to pay the bill at the counter (the menus were €25,50 for three courses), I saw that there was a second room to the side, which was set up as a lounge with sofas, armchairs and coffee tables – very cozy and perfect for afternoon tea!
6 rue Glaize