Restaurants in the Vendee
Te. 02 51 56 40 43.
I have eaten
at Chez Gegene several times before during my 18 years of living in the Vendee,
but never during the height of the holiday season. It is restaurant that I have
recommended to guests who wanted to eat seafood on the South Vendeen coast. The
restaurant is on the bridge between L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer and La Faute-sur-Mer, it
is very easy to find and parking is never a problem. The restaurant’s main
drawback for me has always been its lack of ambience as it is a modern structure
with no real feel to it, though this has always been made up for by the
excellent fresh seafood that they serve.
when I go out to do a restaurant review it is with our own man of words "Tate",
but on this occasion he was unable to come so I took along and old family
friend, David. He has joined Tate and I before so he was well aware of what was
to come. We never introduce ourselves so when I start taking photos of the food
and the restaurant we get some strange looks and this time was no different. We
choose to sit outside as it was quite humid and inside felt a bit stuffy. We
were separated from people walking along the foot path by a glass screen, though
there were very few passers by especially as it was the middle of August.
was a choice of several formula menus from 12€ to 34€ or you could go A la
Carte. We choose the 17€ menu as it offered moules done 4 different ways
followed by steak, Skate or Cod finishing with either a cheese board or a choice
of sweet. .
It was not
difficult to decide what to have as both David and I love our fish so we both
started with the Moule a la creme which arrived quite quickly and turned out to
be delicious. I knew the moules should be good as l'Aiguillon-sur-Mer is the
Mussel capital of France and they are sure to delivered to the restaurant fresh
every day. The moules were served with a beautifully fresh baguette and were as
good as any I have eaten in any restaurant.
decided that the second course would be fish so the steak was ruled out and of
the two choices Skate seemed to be the one to go for especially as a lot of
skate is caught locally were Cod probably is not. Again the speed of delivery
was most unusual for a French restaurant; we put this down to the fact that in
high season they wanted a quick turnover of customers so that more could be
seated. I have to say that what came was most disappointing, possibly because we
hadn't read the menu properly, but the skate turned out to be served in a small
casserole dish with a layer of potatoes on the bottom then a small portion of
skate covered with a mushroom sauce then cooked in the oven. It was very tasty,
but over-cooked. I must confess that I don't like my fish messed with, I like it
fresh and pan fried so that the greatest amount of the, delicate taste is
. To finish
we had the choice of the cheese board, or sweet which was a choice of ice cream
or Ile Flottante, we choose the latter which was pretty average.
meal did not live up to our expectations mainly due to the fact that we had both
eaten there before and had received much better service and better quality of
food, so my recommendation would be if you are determined to eat there, do it
out of season.
Trevor August 2009.
P.S. It is
inevitable that as soon as you have written an article something will change and
so it was with this one. My French neighbour came in and I mentioned that I was
not that impressed with the Chez Gegene restaurant, He just shrugged his
shoulders and said "No its not the same since the new owners took over, perhaps
they will get better."
author: Trevor has lived in the Vendee for 18 years and is passionate
about good food,he writes exclusively for the http://www.gites-with-pools.co.uk/
And its sister website http://www.gitesvendee.co.uk/
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