Brasserie les Alizes: A Perfect "Menu Formule"
Unfortunately the ferry schedule on this trip didn't leave quite enough time for a lingering leisurely lunch but then if it had I mightn't have discovered the delights of this classy brasserie.
Les Alizes really is an attractive restaurant with its 1st floor dining room overlooking the harbour through its ceiling-high panoramic windows. The designer decor manages to blend traditional and trendy. The stone-clad walls act as a backdrop to the beachy modern artworks whilst the subtle use of sailcloth softens the harshness of the metalled and darkwood rails and dividers.
Service is smartly black-uniformed, once again trendy, but youthfully friendly and the lunchtime clientele (out of season at any rate) an egalitarian mix of locals and visitors.
The menu too offers an eclectic mix of classical and nouvelle and of seafood and meats with set formulas to suit most pockets and a short a-la-carte.
Favorite Dish: What caught my eye as I was wandering looking for lunch was the simple blackboard "Le Retour du Pecheur" menu at 12.50 Euro for 2-courses including wine. This offered a Terrine of Chicken Livers, a Poellee de Seches Bretonnes, a Panna Cotta a la Vanille and a cheery "Bon Appetit".
The terrine was a perfectly-executed classic: meaty and liverey and simply presented with a few cornichons and a cherry tomato. I wasn't sure what the "Seches" was going to be when I ordered it but I certainly wasn't disappointed when it turned out to be strips of squid, slow-cooked to mouth-melting tenderness in a seafood bisque. This came on a bed of buttery rice and attractively topped with a "spaghetti" of courgette and carrot and a little pluck of lamb's lettuce for colour.
Along with some excellent crusty bread and a glass of local vin de table this made for one of the best lunches I've had for a while and the view across the bay and the gentle Bretonne buzz of conversation around were welcome bonuses.
Well worth searching out - not that you need to search that far as it is a prominent building on the quayside.
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Le Restaurant: Eating On The Ferries
All three of the boats that ply the Roscoff-Plymouth route have self-service diners offering a full-range of meals and snacks. In the mornings these are open for breakfast - everything from coffee and croissants to a full fry-up. On day sailings they offer hot and cold meals until about half an hour before arrival and on night sailings are usually open until about midnight.
The standard of food is excellent, prices are reasonable and staff are friendly, multi-lingual and generally helpful.
Favorite Dish: I usually just have something light and with a freshly-baked bread roll the aperatif platters make for a substantial snack. Pictured is a minted cous cous salad which came with a balsamic dressing and was exactly what I was after for a late supper. Washed down with a glass of Beaujolais Village the bill was less than 8 Euros.
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L'Ecume des Jours: Seafood, Wine, Cheese, Coffee and Calvados
On the terrace overlooking the harbour, the sun shining, a bi-lingual waiter and superb food. There is nothing comparable. It doesn't matter where you are, if you get this combination - life is sorted.
Watching the world go by, the working boats going about their daily busines, including one being filled with wooden pallets (boring perhaps, but not to me!).
A perfecty pleasant four course lunch, over a time scale of about 2 and a half hours, with two different wines and coffee and calvados to finish.
Service absolutely excellent. This is serious chill time.
New pic added of frontage which really doesn't do it justice - on warmer days the terraces really do add life to the place.*
Do visit the website for a taster.
Favorite Dish: To start I had the grilled lobster with scallops - to die for!!!
For main - monkfish with bacon and a walnut? tuille - I have now died twice!!!!!
I haven't even mentioned the amuse guille of mussels.
The selection of cheeses - I have now died three times in the same lunchtime!!!!!!
A couple of glasses of different wines, coffee and calvados and I am now well and truly buried!!!!!!!
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La Moule Au Pot: Not a Breton Creperie!
This small bistro style French restaurant is located only a few doors away from our favourite B&B Hotel in Roscoff. After two previous unsuccessful attempts to get a table there we were third time lucky.
Reservation is recommended.
The menu is typical for a French fishing resort/port with many fish choices but an interesting selection of classic French dishes using meat and vegetables. My starter of tartine with the local Roscoff pink onions with a generous side salad, followed by parmentier de poissons - fish pie -were very good. John had a magret de canard with salad to start -excellent but was brought the wrong main course so he had a lasagne de mer instead of the ordered jambon dish. However it was excellent and he declined to send it back. Desetrs were both suberb - the best Far Breton in the west and a delicious egg custard with framboises.
A good, small selection of wines at prices that compared well with those in inferior but more expensive establishments.
The ambience is simple bistro, a huge chimney with a log fire, gentle but subtle lighting and some carefully chosen, colourful modern art work.
In spite of the hiccup with the order and a small, quickly rectified mistake on the bill we would go back ther very happily. THe restaurant was full and very busy the night we visited - 17 October 2009.
An extra pair of hands for waiting on would help.
Le Surcouf: Busy and Good
This large, corner restaurant in the main street always looked busy and we got the mistaken idea that it was a fast-food operation.
It was recommended to us on this visit so we ate there and found how wrong we were.
It certainly was busy and we were lucky to get a table on a Saturday night without a reservation.
Menus start at 16 Euro and both that and the 27 Euro, as well as ther Carte offer extremely good value.
The food is freshly cooked with an emphasis on fresh fish and seafood and local specialities like artichoke. My main course was a Marmite of fish stew while my husband enjoyed confit of duck in a red wine sauce.
There was a good selection of ciders and wines at fair prices.
Service was professional without pomp or fussiness and it is not hard to see why this is such a popular restaurant with locals and visitors.
I was intrigued by the name of the restaurant.
For the curious Robert Surcouf was an 18th century Corsaire after whom a number of French Naval vessels - frigates and a sub-marine have been named
Chez Janie: Excellent food and a lovely view
This is a really nice place off the old port. You can just stop on the terasse for drinks or you can do as I did and have a delicious stuffed artichoke for lunch. Staff speaks English as well.
It is also a hotel and has some seriously nice ratings on other sites...perhaps next time I will get a room here.
Favorite Dish: Roscoff has some sort of micro-climate and is really well known for its artichokes so that is what I ordered and it was just delicious.
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