Fresh seafood on sale in Brittany
Plate of fruits de mer
Marylou Jean - GNU
- living off the
land and the sea
Some of Brittany's
Like virtually anywhere in France,
Brittany is a
region with fine gastronomic traditions, the most famous of which is
shellfish, or as the French call them "fruits de mer", fruits of the
Coastal fishing takes place all round
shores of Brittany, and each small harbour has its fishing boats.
Fishing ports such as Concarneau, in the Morbihan, have boats
specialising in crabs and lobsters, fished in the waters between the
coast and the Glenan islands. When times are good, they may also bring
in a lobster or two. Oysters are raised in oyster beds on other parts
of the coast. The fishermen of Brest, Morlaix and the big fishing ports
take their ships many hundreds of miles from the Breton shores, to
bring back an array of Atlantic and northern fish; but in many places
stock are becoming depleted, and strict quotas have left the Briton
fishing fleets much smaller than they used to be.
Popular shellfish include a range of
winkles, scallops (coquilles Saint Jacques), oysters and other
mouth-watering delicacies, which Breton restaurants can serve in a
marvellous range of styles.
delicacies for which the region is famous include "crêpes"
and a variety of Breton pastries, the most famous being the Breton
butter cake or Kouign Amann .
has a strong agricultural tradition, and is famous for its early
vegetables and its salted butter, which many restaurants will find the
most mouth-watering ways to combine.
regions of France, Brittany does not have a great tradition in cheese.
There are no famous Brittany cheeses; a number of local cheeses are
however produced, and these are often available in restaurants and good
food stores. On the other hand, Brittany is famous for its butter.
Brittany is not a wine-producing region of France; however white wines
are produced in the Loire Atlantique department. As in
cider is a more traditional drink in this part of France
Some of Brittany's good restaurants:
There are plenty of good places to eat in Brittany; the list below is
just a selection. The Gitelink Brittany guide welcomes suggestions for
other good eating places to include in this guide.
Guirec : the restaurant of the Agapa
Hotel, specialising in fresh local produce.
Guirec : restaurant Manoir
du Sphinx, perched on the rocks above the seashore.
Brieuc : Restaurant aux
Pesked; specialises in seafood, with a reputation for
Côte: a delightful setting, reasonably priced
menus, and also specialises in lobster.
Louis: Restaurant Avel Vor
- specialising in the freshest fish and seafood, right off the boat.
Roche Bernard : Restaurant l'Auberge
Bretonne. Michelin starred restaurant with chef Jacques
Michelin starred restaurant with a chic contemporary ambiance. Reputed
to be one of the best restaurants in Brittany, but at 100€ to
menus are not cheap. The owners also run l'Alto restaurant,
located in the Lorient theatre building, which offers top quality
cuisine at more everyday prices.
Temps de Vivre - Michelin star restaurant, three stars
from the Bottin Gourmand guide - specialises in local produce,
including fruits de mer.
Aven : the Moulin
de Rosmadec restaurant, housed in a 16th century
watermill; Breton specialities presented with a special touch, and
Ille et Vilaine
Malo : Restaurant le Chalut,
specialising in seafood
: Restaurant Olivier
Roellinger. Two Michelin stars - reputed as one of the
best restaurants in Brittany; fish and seafood a speciality.
contact the guide, email brittany "at" gitelink.com