Restaurant des Parcs: Oysters and More
The name of this restaurant at first confused us since parc means "park", but the original meaning of parc was (and still is) sheep-pen, but it also means a bed for raising something, hence the bay just beyond containing the oyster beds is called "Parcs a huitres" (note it is plural). All of the restaurants in Cancale are seafood restaurants. This was one of the less expensive ones, chosen for our grandchild who did not like seafood (at that time). Its outside menu mentioned for children "steack et frites". In our Intro there is a short description of the difference in how one eats raw oysters in France and New Orleans, USA.
Favorite Dish: Not only did we each eat a dozen on the half-shell but we shared a pot of moules mariniere (in wine and butter, just like in Brussels). Every locality thinks their oysters are the best New Orleans oysters are 1/3 the price of those here. In the face of the quantity we can afford at home, it is unfair to pass judgement.
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Chez Victor: comme si comme sa
Most of the restaurants in Cancale are a bit on the touristy side with a similar seafood menu (fresh oyster!crabs! mussels!), it's hard to decide which restaurant to sit at, they all seem the same. We landed at Chez Victor because we noticed that there were a lot of people working there and we hoped it meant that the service would be good and because they have a quiet spot with a nice view. The service was good, it was almost perfect, I felt neither rushed nor ignored, the food came at a pace that was timed just perfectly, but they kept screwing up our drinks, forgetting a beer, espresso instead of grand cafe creme and a bottle of pellagrino when asked for a glass of water.
Chez Victor offers a $16 or a $25 menu both with 3 courses, $22 seafoood platter and an a la carte menu consisting of mostly seafood but there were beef and chicken dishes as well. The food was good, very good mussels, I also had a beautiful seafood salad but it wasnt spectacular. My one friend had soup de poisson(Breton fish soup)as a starter and a cocotte of mussels. My other friend ordered a marbre de mackerel (mackerel terrine in aspic, lots of aspic) as a starter and then salmon filet in a buerre blanc sauce. The wine list was nothing special, we ended up ordering a 10 euro carafe of Muscadet which was fine. The desserts were not good, a heavy and gloopy looking chocolate mousse and too sweet rice pudding, both were abandoned after a few bites.
I would say that the overall feeling of this place was a little on the corporate side. There are tables inside or outside (bring a sweater for when the sun goes down) on a large terrace with the nicest view of the water. Lots of vacationing families with young children (there was a childrens menu) or old people...I think it would be ok to have a pet with you if you sit outside.....
Favorite Dish: the mussels
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Chez Victor: try the Oysters
When we visited Cancale it was conveniently lunch time and we were very keen to sample some of the local speciality - oysters!
We decided to eat at Chez Victor as it had a friendly feel and a lovely shady table on the terrace just made for us. Everyone around us was eating oysters, so we figured we couldn't go wrong.
Service was friendly and there was just a relaxed feel about the place.
Favorite Dish: We all opted for one of the 3 course menus, which were fabulous value. To start we had lots of oysters each, and they were excellent.
Main course was fish - Chris and I had the salmon, served with mussels and saffron sauce which was yummo. Alex had another type of fish (in photo) that was also good. An icy cold bottle of Muscadet complemented our meals nicely.
Desserts weren't the greatest….Alex had the apple tart, Chris had the Brittany tart and I had a type of rice pudding with caramel sauce. We didn't really enjoy them.
Next time I would skip the dessert and have more oysters instead!
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