3 - Fine dining
Home to two restaurants with 2 Michelin stars, two restaurants with 1 Michelin star, the department of the Vendée has, for several years, been regarded as a gastronomic destination.
Alexandre Couillon at La Marine
In Noirmoutier, the "La Marine" restaurant and its chef Alexandre Couillon have joined the gastronomic elite. Recognition is well-deserved. In early 2013 the restaurant won its second star from the Guide Michelin®. And, as good news never comes alone, Gault et Millau awarded Alexandre with a fourth toque that October.
In a contemporary black and white décor, facing the fishing port of L'Herbaudière, the chef surprises diners with his creative and meticulously executed dishes that never betray the true nature of the ingredients... Never a detail escapes his wife Céline who oversees the perfect completion of each dish right to the dining room.
Adjoining "La Marine", "La Table d'Elise" is the chef's second restaurant. With simple décor featuring wooden tables, red-painted beams and nautical objects on the walls, Alexandre offers "bistrot cuisine" based on a careful selection of local quality produce of the season.
Thierry Drapeau, the pleasure provocateur
A first in the Vendée: in the idyllic setting of Logis de la Chabotterie, in Saint Sulpice le Verdon, Thierry Drapeau's restaurant now features (January 2014) in the prestigious "Relais et Châteaux" guide.
This is a fine reward for the chef with two Michelin macarons who offers cuisine flavoured by the regions of France that he has visited over the course of his career. His fine and streamlined dishes are full of emotion and sensations. He attaches much importance to the presentation and decoration of his dishes.
Thierry Drapeau is constantly looking to offer unusual dishes using produce from Vendée including the local truffle, which he works into golden turnips au gratin with bone marrow, and a puff brioche with fleur de sel sea salt from the salt marches in Les Sables d'Olonne. His menu includes abalones from Bouin worked with coco beans from the Vendée, Vendée Gros gris snails from Saint Paul en Pareds and hard-boiled eggs from Les Brouzils.
Sébastien Bonavita, one Michelin star in Cayola Bay
At the Cayola restaurant (1 Michelin star) in Château d'Olonne, chef Sébastien Bonavita invites you to sample his creative and refined dishes which combine subtle flavours and colours. The restaurant boasts a magnificent view over Cayola Bay: a truly wonderful place where the sea and fine dining meet.
Jean-Marc Pérochon, one Michelin star for his restaurant in Brétignolles-sur-Mer
On the wild coast of Brétignolles sur Mer, the restaurant Jean Marc Pérochon was awarded its first star by Guide Rouge Michelin® in 2014. Talented chef, Jean-Marc Pérochon, hails from these parts and is known as a committed ambassador of the region. The chef's menu includes oysters from the oyster farm in nearby La Sauzaie, local shrimps, 100 day-old Challans poultry, line bass fresh from Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, and a hazelnut crumble with kamok (a Vendée coffee liqueur). Piano player, Jean-Marc Pérochon is a man who has travelled around from Germany to the Caribbean, from Provence to the USA. He discovered flavours in the islands and learnt about combinations which always hit the spot: "I memorised scents and got a taste for the exotic with flavours like ginger, vanilla and mango. "