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Portside in Marseillan, a notable new restaurant
The whole of France contains no more than two dozen Michelin three-star restaurants, the best of the best. One is in Montpellier, Jardin des Sens, operated by brothers, Jacques and Laurent Pourcel. Now they've opened a second place, much closer to our house, in the picturesque port town of Marseillan.

The new restaurant is called Le Château du Port. It's a lot of fun: casual (the hot July night we visited, everyone was in shorts); comfortable (there's indoor and terrace seating); perfectly sited (out the front door, you face a quay); in a restored grande dame building with purple trim. The food? Your high expectations will be honored. It's food of the region, intriguingly transformed. The wine list is superb.

Phone: 04 67 77 31 67

Time to destination: 20 minutes.
Directions: From the house in Valros, take the road to St. Thibéry.
Drive through St. Thibéry. Pick up the D18 to Florensac. You'll pass signs for a Pont Romain, a Roman bridge.
Stay on the D18 through Florensac, headed toward Marseillan.
Veer onto the D32/e8 to Marseillan, one of the little shellfish ports of the Bassin de Thau; near the Mediterranean terminus of the Canal du Midi; and the waterfront home of the Noilly Prat distillery.
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