Many years ago (in 2001!!), Susan Sisk visited Saint-Chinian for a two-week stay, organised by the dearly missed Nadine Holm of Nadine’s Tours and Travel. After her visit, Susan sent me her travel journals, along with photographs to illustrate them, and allowed me to add the lot to my website!
Blogging was almost non-existent at the time, but Susan’s travel journal was a kind of forerunner of this blog – you can find all her writings about that visit to Languedoc on http://midihideaways.com/journal/index.html . One of her articles is headed “2 hour lunches, 3 hour dinners“, and in the article she describes a meal at Restaurant Lo Cagarol in the village of Aigne, amongst other food related stories. Cagarol is the Occitan word for snail, and Aigne is a circulade, a village built in concentric circles, shaped like the circles of a snail shell – voila the reason for the name!!
Lo Cagarol had somehow dropped off my radar for a little while, so I made a conscious effort to re-visit the restaurant. Chef-proprietor Christophe Esperou still turns out delicious food, so my efforts were richly rewarded!! It was so good that I went twice in fairly quick succession, and I’ve booked to meet friends there for lunch later this month.
Christophe’s food has evolved over the years – he now concentrates on using seasonal ingredients and keeps his menus small, but changes the dishes on a regular basis. His lunchtime menu of three courses is priced at 16 Euros and includes a quarter litre of wine – what’s not to like?
Without further ado, here are the pictures of the food. The dishes were all so delicious – I won’t even add and descriptions. I think you’ll be able to tell from the pictures.
The dining room at Lo Cagarol has a rustic feel to it, and the seats are very comfortable.
Outside the restaurant, there is a large terrace.
The restaurant is open six days a week from Fridays to Wednesdays for lunch and dinner; closed on Thursdays. They don’t have a website, but you can check on Facebook for news. Do call ahead to book your table! The phone number for the restaurant is +33 (0)4 68 27 84 22.