In the first part of our foody outreach for the Charente-Maritime, we highlight some of the excellent gastronomic products that have meritted official certification – and where to find them:
2 AOP (appellation d’origine protégée) Butter Charentes-Poitou, potatoes of Ré
2 IGP (indication geographique protegée) Wine from Pays Charentais and oysters from Marennes Oléron
Label Rouge (red label) for the moules de filières (mussels)
Where to graze
Restaurant de l’Ile aux Papilles – Having opened this February, Sarah and Sébastien’srestaurant dreams have been realised by crowd-funding as they attempt to have a 100% sustainable business with no wastage. Based on L’Ile d’Oléron, they serve the best of local bio produce.
Gourmet Afloat – This unusual 38 metre long barge has become a restaurant bistronomique, launching this spring. Moored in Saintes on the River Charentes, Le Batiâ is modelled on the Freyssinet brand popular in the 1900s. A cosy and convivial atmosphere with musical accompaniment.
Tropical Dining with a view – For views over the old harbour in La Rochelle, the rooftop restaurant Le Café de L’Aquarium La Rochelle is unbeatable. Situated within a tropical environment featuring vanilla trees, hibiscus, giant ferns, palm trees etc, the menu uses the best of the area’s seasonal produce.
Must visit – La Suite restaurant in La Rochelle is presided over by Johan Leclerre, a Meilleur Ouvrier de France since 2007. This Rochelais returned to his home town in 1998 having done his apprenticeship in some of France’s best restaurants under the tutelage of the great Troisgros, Ducasse and Gagnaire.
Photo credit thanks to: CMT17 C. Vaurigaud / CMT17 C. Triballier / De l’ile aux papilles / © Aquarium La Rochelle / Chai du Rouissir /