It is a mussels dish, that has been de-iced with Pineau des Charentes wine. Then poured on it, a curry creamy sauce. The whole set is put in oven for some minutes afterwards. Then served.
Another way to experience mussels. Mussels breeding is mostly done in neigbouring Brittany area.
Favorite Dish: I love curry sauce!
Galettes are a kind of whole-grain pancakes. Though it is not local dish of La Rochelle, rather originating from Bretagne area, we easily found it. There was a place where we nicely experienced it, it was in a small eatery in Gabut area. Its name was La Licorne, in LR. And we easily found it in Ile de ré area too.
A galette can have many variations according to its filling: simply with ham, cheese or anything from Sud-Ouest area. In this case, your galette is rich, with duck "gésier", confits de canard... These are some of possible variations you would find in this area. Truth is, La Rochelle is not far from Bretagne (galettes originate from there) and Bordeaux, Landes areas (where you can taste the delicious cuisine du Sud-Ouest, my favorite in France - Excusez-moi, les Lyonnais!).
We had galettes with cider, to respect the tradition.
Favorite Dish: Galettes are a nice alternative to sandwich. Many choices as for filling. Yummy with the traditional cider... :)
Well, after the experience in La Marine, this couldn' t be better. Yet, I was very satisfied.
The setting is amongst reasons to go there. All reminds you of Le Belem and marine decoration. It's even possible to have your diner in a wooden ship-shaped bench. Every corner of the room is filled with marine trinkets, especially models of Le Belem.
Good seafood with nice regional specialty dishes .
This is an incontournable in Saint-Martin. Better book in high season
Favorite Dish: Try soupe de poisson, second best of the four restaurants where I experienced it. First was at La Marée in LR.
The Sud- Ouest salad was nice too. Sud-Ouest is a neighbouring region so freshness of ingredients is ensured. Lettuce salad with foie gras, canard confit... Delicious.
This, plus a dessert, was the 16 euros menu. Price range is similar to La Marine.
Another stuff that intrigued me was this soupe with a kind of balloon bread on top of it. It was good, from what I tested from my friend's soup- bowl.
I loved it! The best I experienced in the area (LR and IR).
It is located along the quay in Saint-Martin-de-Ré (a kind of capital commune of IR). It has a nice terrasse from where you look on the quay, on passers-by, on the boats and yachts...
The interior is simple, classic. Clientèle is rather posh... I don't like taking picture of people, for the reason that I don't like being taken in picture either, in restaurant but I should have. You know, lots of 40+ - 50+ who use to enjoy the food, the calm, seeing around. Probably the habitués of the area.
Well, the whole Saint-martin is like that. A kind of place for Rochelais week-enders. Many from Paris and Hauts-de-Seine areas too. You are wondering how I saw that? First, by their plaques. Many from 17, 75 and 92 departments. Second, by their accent and attitude (sometimes chic and smiling, sometimes wanna-be posh, m'as-tu-vu and haughty). I couldn't see in the restaurant which car was theirs but the accent... So far, many were smiling, just enjoying their good time...
I was so satisfied that I even made a research to find its website.:) Have a look.
Favorite Dish: Go for seafood dish. At first, it looked like Nouvelle cuisine, something I detest. But soon, you realize that this small chiffonade de deux saumons is in fact a good starter. Not small at all though it looks like a Nouvelle cuisine presentation.
Just perfect to go on with your next fish dish (or whatever).
Then, the grilled fish fillet is just Wow! The fish kebab is even nicer, with peppers, tomato and bacon.
Dessert... hmmm I didn't remember what it was. Crème brûlée, I think.
Well, this was the menu at 28 euros. The one at 16 euros seemed tempting too