Lauragais: a restaurant with Basque colors has opened at the entrance to Montgiscard

Javer, Michaël and Laurie (left to right) opened their restaurant two weeks ago (©Léo Couffin – Voice of the South Lauragais)

Michael, Laurie and Javer are leaning on the terrace. The customers have been gone for thirty minutes. A little respite before resuming service in their restaurant Donostia open since Monday, May 2, 2022 at the entrance of Montgiscard. It replaces the Sluis Brewery.

Donostia, this word must appeal to more than one. It is not common to hear it in Montgiscard, but rather towards the Basque coast. Laurie and Michael come from it. The stories and the bowels of their “country” they know them inside out. ” I just Bayonne. I grew up there before moving to the age of 17. Laurie, she has her family from the Basque Country too, ”underlines Michaël.

Diverse and varied dishes

In this brasserie, we want to reach all audiences. Thus, the restorers have imagined a so-called “classic” card. “What we mean is that we don’t just taste basque products. There will be more traditional products that we see elsewhere,” says Laurie.

The restaurant has been redesigned in Basque colors.
The restaurant has been redesigned in Basque colors. (©Léo Couffin – Voice of the South)

However, a light touch to the Basque accent is to be noted in certain dishes. “Obviously, with the name of the restaurant, there will be a touch of home, but not necessarily in all the dishes. After, we have tapas who come from the Basque Country. Particularly charcuterie and cheeses“, notes Laurie.

A first restaurant in Toulouse

In this restaurant, the managers can accommodate approximately 80 covers for lunch and dinner. The same could not be said of their former workplace, the Epicureanlocated avenue de Castres, in Toulouse. “It was smaller, we did 30 seats maximum“, notes Michael.


After seven years of activity in the same place, Michaël felt he had done the trick. This is how was born Donostia. But keeping the same codes as the Epicurean.

“I like to say that here we welcome people from 7 to 77 years old. We had managed to break down the differences between social classes. Over there, everyone came. We want to reproduce this effect.”

A desire produced by the Covid

It’s never easy to embark on a new project. However, when thought through like this, the result is a reflection of the investment. “So far, we have had only positive feedback. This idea, I developed it during the health crisis. Even if I had already launched it before, it allowed me to refine it,” smiles Michaël.

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True to his origins, Michaël has displayed several paintings on the Basque Country in the restaurant.
True to his origins, Michaël has displayed several paintings on the Basque Country in the restaurant. (©Léo Couffin – Voice of the South)

Resident of New city, the latter was not disappointed by his choice. On the contrary, despite a recent opening, desire and ideas are flowing for the future. Lucid, the priority is the proper development of this restaurant “We focus on our work. In a few years, if we turn well, we hope to develop it. »

It’s all the bad we wish for Donostia.

Practical information
Donostia – n°5 D813 – 31450 Montgiscard
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday at noon; Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings; open continuously on weekends.
More information: 06 64 23 14 19

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