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Place Armes, Noirmoutier-en-L'Ile
island of Noirmoutier is just one of those magical places where the blue sky
meets the equally blue sea, where the quaint little fishing harbours, rocky
coves, glorious sandy beaches, picturesque houses and villages all form
colledges to take away as lasting memories.
Today though cloudy at first was
to be no exception, I was visiting the island with my brother Derek who was over
on holiday and our aim was to reach the island via the passage de gois,
unfortunately the tide was in so we crossed by the bridge and would take the
causeway on our way home.
Having made streight for the town of
Noirmourier-en-l'Ile we parked up in the main square across from the Chateau
Noirmoutier and it was here that we started our tour. The medieval chateau was
spectacular and after a short visit to the church of St.Pierre we decided that
lunch was called for.
Our choice today was the L'Ile d'Her restaurant by the
harbour side, it was already quiet full and we were hoping there was still a
table free out side under the canopy. The waiter showed us to a table marked
reserved by said he had another table that would be ready by the time the guests
The Menus arrived and we had a choice of a la Carte or two different
formulas, we decided that the formula for 12.8€ which could be either an
entree and a plat, or a plat and desert, for an extra 3€ we could have had all
3, but as we were going to do a lot of walking and driving in the afternoon we
thought too much lunch may make us just want to curl up on a beach and sleep it
There was an excellent variety on the menu of 5 starters, 4 main courses
and 4 desserts. As we had plumpted for the entree and Plat we were given
the option of for entree; Moules Marinier, Carpaccio de saumon marine a la
creole, l'aaiette de coquillages, maille feuille de tomate et blanc granni
smith, or Carpaccio de thon marine au Soya. The maincourse were Filet de Merlu
grille a la Plancha, sauce aiola, Brochettes de Thon et Jambon fumee
grille, Blanc de Poulet grille with sauce legere caraibes or Saute de cochan
with legumes en couscous.
Dereks choice of starter was the carpaccio de
saumon which were fine slices of fresh wild salmon on a sauce creole which he
said was exceptional. My entree was l'assiette de coquillages which was a
delightful plate of shell fish and included oysters, whelks, cockels, winkles
and prawns served on a bed of seaweed with brown bread and a shallot sauce, it
was extemely fresh and a well balanced mix.
We choose not to drink wine with
the meal as firstly I no longer am permitted to have any more than a small
tasted of alcahol and with driving and walking we both decided to abstain and
just drink water.
For our main course derek had picked the Blanc de Poulet
which was thiny sliced breast of chicken grille and sauce legere caraibes with
rice and green salade. My choice was the filet de Merlu grille a la plancha with
sauce aiola which is a fillet of hake which has been grilled, the sauce aiola
and served with rice and carrots.
Both the chicken and the hake were tender
and succulent, the rice is rice and not more can be said though i was
disappointed by the vegetable which though ok lacked any inspiration or
The service was quick and workman like and the ambience was as you
would expect from a harbour front restaurant in holiday season. All in all a
very enjoyable meal in a great setting, I can recommend l'Ile d'Her
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