You can find restaurants in the Vendée in all the places that you dream about during the year: by the sea, on the sandy beaches and in the marshes. Whether you’re eating on the move or taking your time, there are always delights to be had. At a table in a Vendée restaurant, you’ll enjoy seafood and other local specialities.
Enjoy some good food and local specialties in our restaurants
If you are one of the sort of travellers who cannot conceive of spending their holidays without sampling the local fayre at one or many of the local restaurants on offer, then you’re in the right place and in for a treat. From snacks to high quality cuisine, the restaurants in Pays de Saint Jean de Monts are a must for all those who enjoy good food.
• On the seafront or even on the beach, there are restaurants which offer views over the sea which you will dream about all year. There is so much pleasure to be gained from both the view and the tastes on offer.
• Experience the warm and lively surroundings at the heart of the bustling areas of Pays de Saint Jean de Monts by stopping off at one of the many bars and restaurants with their lively outdoor terraces.
• In the heart of the Breton Vendéen marshes, in the peace and calm at the edge of the waterways there are unmissable opportunities hidden away.
• In some restaurants it’s the location as well as than the food which is the appeal. Whether it’s in a traditional farmhouse, a vendéen bourrine (peasant cottage), or an old renovated farm, these places bring back a part of the Vendee’s history.
Good food at any time in the Vendée restaurants
• Do you only have a few minutes left between finishing the chapter of your book and your sand-yachting lesson? If so, eat on the move at a snack bar with your feet in the water, at a foodtruck table or in one of the lively pedestrian areas.
• Hello hello – have your pre-dinner drinks been extended! This is often the case during the wonderful summer evenings so check out the restaurants who offer service after 10pm
• Sunday morning 11am – too late for breakfast and too early for lunch – why not try brunch overlooking the sea?
• 4pm – holiday snack time and a reminder that afternoon snacks are for all ages. In some restaurants there is service all day.
In the Vendée restaurants, come and try some of the local specialities
When we come to the seaside, our mouths are already watering for the seafood and fish.
The restaurants in Pays de Saint Jean de Monts make the most of the secret recipes and techniques of the local inhabitants to prepare some of the local specialities. With this knowledge they are able to suggest around 40 recipes which are 100% vendéen:
- Restaurant Le Robinson
The chef Vincent Potier cooks the maraichine recipe for pan-fried eels in parsley
- Restaurant La Villa
The chef Patrick Rougeon suggests many recipes :
- Cuttlefish ragout – Spring – summer
- Marinated sardines – Spring – summer
- Le Glajou
- Unmissable house speciality: eels grilled on vine shoots
- Thin eels in parsley
- Frogs legs in parsley
- Maraichin flan (dessert)
- Throughout the year, the chef Eddy Zefner offers a tasty and authentic recipe for ‘la gralaie mogettes’ (vendeen beans on toast!) having met a local maraichin who gave him the secret of how it is made. You can accompany your ‘gralaie’ with salicorne and a piece of duck from Challans.
- La Langoust’in
- Roasted lobster: all year
- The secret recipe of how to cook and eat this dish was passed down by Andre and Monique – an old sea-fisherman and the daughter of a sea fisherman respectively.
- Le Salon des Desserts
In February come and try the ‘foutimassons / troutisseaux / bottereaux’ (names can change depending on the area of the Vendée) – these are a type of Vendée doughnut made for Shrove Tuesday