Sunday, January 24, 2016

Poissonnerie Chez Elise in Le Barcares, France

Aside from going to the port to get our fresh fish, I also happily shopped at the Poissonnerie Elise (Elise's fish shop). A lot of people seemed to do that too as the place was packed all throughout the day. Its location was pretty convenient. It was right in the middle of the popular town square , Place de la Republique, surrounded by restaurants, gift shops, and ice cream parlors.

We found out about this place when we came one morning for the morning market in the town square. I looked around the restaurants and noticed that there was this one particularly busy place. I thought it was a bit too early in the morning to be a restaurant and it turned out I was right. It was Poissonnerie Chez Elise.

Naturally, I went in and was in awe by what I saw.
I love living where I currently live, but I sure hate not having fresh fish and seafood.
This was my opportunity to make up for these last years.
I was a bit surprised by the prices though. I thought it would be cheaper than where I live, but Le Barcares is a tourist place after all.

Aside from the fish and seafood, Chez Elise also sells prepared meals. A lot of it are traditional and local dishes. It's a big hit amongst the tourists. You're on vacation, you don't want to cook, but you also don't want to spend a lot of money eating out in restaurants. It's a nice compromise. Plus, it's delicious.

Crevettes a la Catalane / Catalan-Style Shrimp

Mixed Meat Paella and Seafood Paella 

One day, we ordered the Fish Meli-Melo (a mixed fish stew) and Mixed Meat Paella.
We loved the fish stew, but unfortunately we weren't so fond of the Mixed Meat Paella. I think it's probably because we prefer Seafood Paella.

From the fish shop, I got fresh Sardines.

And Shrimps and a Tuna Steak.

My love for sardines comes from my father. I don't know who's more lucky. My father because I was never a difficult and picky eater or me because I was introduced to good food at an early age.

Anyways, I cooked the Sardines on the plancha we brought along with a bit of olive oil, salt, black pepper, fresh parsley, and a drizzle of lemon juice.

The same treatment was done to the Shrimps. On the plancha with olive oil, salt, black pepper, fresh parsley, and a drizzle of lemon juice. Of course, this took quicker to cook compared to the sardines. Try not to overcook shrimp - they tend to become rubbery.

I went another way with the Tuna Steak.
On one side of the plancha, I cooked some onion, tomatoes, and scallions with olive oil. On the other side, I quickly seared each side of the tuna. I added a pinch of salt when I removed the tuna from the heat of the plancha.

As simple as it was, this turned out to be the best meal we had in our stay in Le Barcares. It's true when they say that if you have good ingredients, you don't need much to make a great meal. This proves it.

The perfect beach meal 

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