El Xadic del Mar

YOU MAY LIKE: Wine, Tapas, Cold plates & boards
PRICE: 16 à 35 €
OPENING HOURS: From April to october, everyday from 12.00 to 14.00 and from 19.30 to 22.00. From October till the end of february, lunch time only from Wednesday to Sunday. Closed in March.
GETTING THERE: 11, av. du Puig-del-Mas – Banyuls-sur-Mer (66650)
TEL: +33 4 68 88 89 20

What is a xadic?
It is the inseparable tool of the vinemaker here on the Côte Vermeille, the hoe that accompanies him on terraces cultivated to pull weeds. Alone in his one-room-kitchen to the glory of the god grape (large winegrower’s table, barrel for the aperitif, walls of bottles), Manu, the boss, is a little tourist office for the living wines of the region. This lover of life and great cuisine is also a connoisseur of local winemakers (he knows all the producers who are on his card) and he will always offer you very nice associations.

Duchêne, Castex, Tribouley, Jordi Perez, Laurence « Yoyo » Manya Krief… All the wines of the area are gathered to water a festive « terre-mer » menu : Proud paleta of pata negra bellota ; Rastafarian zucchini stuffed with skate wing & Madras curry ; beef carpaccio and sardines marinated in olive oil and ras el-hanout, Sicilian tomato, Pantelleria capers  ; carn de parol, grilled with anchovy fillets and potatoes in salad; before a rum baba and chilli peach salad.

Everything is so original, tasty, a little offbeat and very inventive. Every visit to Xadic del Mar is a surprise, as Manu regularly changes his map. The master of the place being alone in his kitchen or behind his counter, remember to book well in advance . it’s quickly full.