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Auberge du Pas de Vent in Pouillon, Pays Basque

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Inspiration for this lunch stop on our way from Bordeaux to San Sebastian came from French Restaurant Blog Simon Says. I read this page a few months ago and when the time for planning our road trip came, it found its way back into my mind. I never checked on a map though where it was exactly and so it was a nice surprise when our GPS guided us through beautiful small roads across the country side to the only restaurant that was open on a Sunday afternoon. How lucky again! Because I didn’t check opening times either. But sometimes one is rewarded when relying on luck only (and Simon’s recommendation): it was delicious Basque cuisine we were being served at l’Auberge du Pas De Vent in a warmhearted and charming environment. Definitely a recommendation I can pass on.

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Les piments doux farcis, compotée de légumes d’été infusés au chèvre, tranche d’aubergine confite et salamanqua poêlée… Ah peppers! Seems so Basque to me, and it tasted refreshingly good!

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Le charnu de cochon gascon frotté au poivre, confit lentement et pressé d’ail à la crème double… I think I never had slowly cooked pork this way, basically melting on the fork. Quite delicious also with a nice pepper flavour!

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The pork came with this cute casserole with plenty of veggies. How could this meal be unhealthy ;)

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My friend had a dish of the day which was a nice seafood platter with plenty as you can see.

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La canette de la ferme « Lahourie » rôtie en cocotte, gratinée de pommes de verger et jus de canette au Jurançon… is what my other friend had.

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Some Rosé to go with it, et voilà, we had enough energy now to resume our trip to San Sebastian.

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