Lauragais: a new guinguette opens in a 7-hectare estate in Montlaur

The terrace of the guinguette and the future restaurant. (©Florian Moutafian – Voice of the South Lauragais)

It is withina seven-hectare parkat the entrance to the village of Montlaurthat Simon Carlierchef of the Solides restaurant in Toulouse who is also known for his participation in the show master chefand Erwin Boodhunmanager of Sapiens and of Lock, also in the Pink City, have launched a new collaboration. Open since June 16, Ithaca is a new guinguette installed in the Barrots area.

The establishment succeeds Les Cocottes, an ephemeral guinguette which took up residence in this park last year. With one difference: Ithaque also occupies the kitchens and the terrace of the former Italian restaurant located in the magnificent setting of the Domaine des Barrots. “We fell in love with the place, with Simon,” recalls Erwin Boodhun.

Lots of games and entertainment

To make his establishment welcoming, the manager of Ithaca has installed a bar on the terrace but also tables, chairs and games (archery, Mölkky, Breton puck, slackline, badminton net, jokari…) in the park.

The guinguette proposes to settle in the park of the Domaine des Barrots in Montlaur.
The guinguette proposes to settle in the park of the Domaine des Barrots in Montlaur. (©Florian Moutafian – Voice of the South Lauragais)

Two petanque courts are under construction and fishing enthusiasts can also enjoy a pond. The manager also plans to put a small outdoor cinema screen for the children.

A bouncy castle is available for children.
A bouncy castle is available for children. (©Florian Moutafian – Voice of the South Lauragais)

Ithaca also hosts animations (music, stand-up…). Wednesday, July 13, a garden party en musique is on the program with a producers’ market starting at 6 p.m.

On the menu

On the menu, a menu of tapas as well as homemade cocktails and some dishes are offered to customers.

The tavern is open Wednesday to Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Erwin Boodhun (second from left) and part of his team.
Erwin Boodhun (second from left) and part of his team. (©Florian Moutafian – Voice of the South Lauragais)

Ithaca will become a restaurant

Back to school, Erwin Boodhun and Simon Carlier have other ambitions for Ithaca. The guinguette will thus become a restaurant. Work is underway inside the building to accommodate customers.

“The idea is to create an ecosystem where we use a 1,500 m vegetable garden2 for the restaurant. This principle of ultra short circuits, it corresponds to our values: reasoned, organic, seasonal products. We even recycled the furniture of the castle. Even the tables on the terrace, I made them,” emphasizes Erwin Boodhun.

As for the map, Simon Carlier is currently working on his composition. Erwin Boodhun ensures that the rates will be reasonable:

A menu at 30 or 35 €, with seasonal products. The idea is to keep it accessible.

In the building, the kitchen is open.
In the building, the kitchen is open. (©Florian Moutafian – Voice of the South Lauragais)

Other projects

Erwin Boodhun indicates that he has other projects in collaboration with the Domaine des Barrots: the transformation of the stables into a hotel for 2023 and the opening of a large seminar room for 300 people in September 2022.

Useful information.

Restaurant Ithaca
Domaine des Barrots: 300 alley of Barrots 31450 Montlaur
Website: www.restaurant-ithaque.fr
Reservation: 07 57 84 97 48.

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