Res­tau­rant one of top 5 Mediter­ranean eater­ies Food mag­a­zine praises res­tau­rant pop­u­lar with 007 film star

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ONE of Sir Roger Moore’s favourite French eater­ies has been rated as one of the top five Mediter­ranean restau­rants in the UK by a pres­ti­gious foodie mag­a­zine.

Olive mag­a­zine has given the ac­co­lade to Paysanne in De­ganwy, which was opened in 1988 by Bob and Bar­bara Ross, whose son Cai now runs the busi­ness.

His par­ents now live in the sunny climes of the Langue­doc and act as the res­tau­rant’s re­search team, tweet­ing Cai pic­tures of food and in­vei­gling recipes out of French chefs.

Olive mag­a­zine said in its glow­ing ed­i­to­rial: “Paysanne sticks to a trusty for­mula of sharp ser­vice, in­ter­est­ing wines and clas­sic French peas­ant cook­ing, us­ing prime Bri­tish in­gre­di­ents.

“The menu fea­tures sev­eral Mediter­ranean clas­sics such as a bouil­l­abaisse-style fish soup and hake on roasted toma­toes and pis­tou, while among Paysanne’s wines, Cai loves the Do­maine la Colom­bette’s un­usu­ally southerly pinot noir.”

The mag­a­zine re­served spe­cial praise for the “sen­sa­tional Welsh lob­ster, sea bass and tur­bot from Mer­maid Seafoods, Llan­dudno”.

The pub­li­ca­tion’s must or­der dish was baked goat’s cheese wrapped in smoked salmon with a plum and rasp­berry dress­ing.

Cai said: “This is a huge thrill for me be­cause I’ve been read­ing Olive mag­a­zine for so long.

“I’ve been a big fan of the jour­nal­ist who in­ter­viewed me too (Tony Nay­lor from Res­tau­rant mag­a­zine and The Guardian) so that was a nice bonus.

“I think they liked the fact that we’re not a French-themed res­tau­rant, with ‘bon­jour’ and ‘bon ap­petit’ writ­ten on the walls and piped ac­cor­dion mu­sic – though I’ve been call­ing peo­ple mon­sieur and madame now for so long I’m no longer able to stop.

“We’ve just al­ways tried to make it feel like the kind of places we’ve found and loved in France, and shared their ethos of good, lo­cally sourced food and at­ten­tive ser­vice.”

In 2013 James Bond fan Cai was shaken but not stirred when 007 ac­tor Sir Roger Moore walked into his eaterie.

Sir Roger and his wife dined on lo­cally caught plaice and Conwy mus­sels, and spent a lot of time talk­ing to chef David Hughes about how much they had en­joyed their meal.

In the past the res­tau­rant has also wel­comed for­mer Bond girl Gemma Arter­ton and Bond vil­lain Mads Mikkelsen.

Sir Roger Moore is among the sat­is­fied cus­tomers to have dined at Paysanne. Res­tau­rant boss Cai Ross (top)

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