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October 23, 2021
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Where to eat when in Corsica

Dr Lionel Traverse is wooed by fine dining on an island beach

Little known outside of France, the Mediterranean island of Corsica may be a well-kept secret, but an even greater discovery for intrepid and hungry travellers is the Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa, located near Porto-Vecchio in the southern part of this stunning island.

Seated under pine trees with the sea lapping quietly at a pearly white-sand beach right at our feet, we were treated to a top-notch culinary experience, which has been recommended by the prestigious Michelin Guide, and linked to a beautiful Relais & Châteaux hotel.

The service was impeccable. We were invited to choose our dinner while we sipped our cocktails in the exotic outdoor lounge, then were guided to our seaside dinner table where our first dish awaited us.

The impressive menu featured local products from land and sea: milk-fed kid and lamb, red mullet, wild boar, boletus and Caesar’s mushrooms as well as local ewe’s milk brocciu cheese with mint, olives and chestnuts. The cheese plate at the end of the meal was one of the most delectable offerings I’ve ever had.

You’ll need a good map and a rental vehicle to reach this well-hidden spot. It is not inexpensive — but it’s worth every penny. It is the kind of experience that makes all those nights on-call more than worth it.

Corsica is a dream vacation for those who want to avoid the glitz of the Riviera but still long for the gastronomical delights of Southern France in a spectacular Mediterranean setting.

Cala Rossa Restaurant

Grand Hôtel de Cala Rossa

Porto-Vecchio, Corsica

Tel : (011-33-4) 9571-6151

Multi-course dinner menu from €90 per person, service included.

Closed January to the end of March.


Dr Lionel Traverse is a pediatrician from Abbotsford, BC.

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