7 - The "Cuisine Montoise" label
In the Pays de Monts, "sea and marshland" cuisine is extremely popular. A dedicated label has therefore been introduced to give recognition to traditional, local dishes.
The Cuisine Montoise label was launched in 2014 by the Saint-Jean-de-Monts Tourist Office and has so far been awarded to around 10 establishments that seek to promote their local, home-made cuisine. The label currently covers around 40 regularly updated traditional dishes in restaurants holding the Cuisine Montoise label.
Cuisine Montoise: a mark of authenticity
The label guarantees customers that the dishes are authentic, home-made, high-quality and locally sourced. Vendée cuisine is notable for its creative use of sea and marshland produce, its human qualities, its reflection of current consumer trends for tradition and local produce, and its use of premium quality ham.
The Cuisine Montoise label is a guarantee for all lovers of Vendée cuisine and those who enjoy exploring new tastes. It represents a culinary journey between the sea and the land.
(Re)discover traditional local dishes
Grilled eels with vine shoots, frogs' legs in "lét-bèr" sauce, rollmop sardines, hot oysters in sorrel butter and shallots, cuttlefish ratatouille, brioche, "fionaïe", Challans chicken and mojette beans in Vendée cassoulet, strawberry "caillebotte", egg with sorrel, etc.
These are just some of the authentic dishes, combining tradition and modernity, on offer at restaurants awarded the Cuisine Montoise label.
Cuisine Montoise restaurants & their specialities
Restaurant Chez Bastien - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Pan-fried French eels with chopped parsley and garlic - Modern twist on cuttlefish
Restaurant La Langoust'ine - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Mussel cocktail with broth espuma - Roast lobster with trimmings, beurre blanc and lemon butter
Restaurant Le Robinson - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Six Vendée oysters braised with sorrel butter and shallots, crushed fresh herbs, sweet wine emulsion flavoured with lavender - Local sardines and smoked leek, Vendée mojette bean, tomato and salicornia stew, garlic-rubbed "gralaie"
Restaurant Le Sloï - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Supreme of Challans chicken with Vendée dressing, mojette bean croquettes, beer jus - Exotic Vendée "fionaïe"
Salon des desserts - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Brioche -- "Fion maraîchin"
Restaurant le Quai des Dunes - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
"Caillebotte" with local strawberries - Maraîchin-style mussels
Restaurant Chai Carlina - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Modern take on Vendée cassoulet
Restaurant La Quich'notte - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Quich'notte frogs' legs - Fresh starter (raw sardine fillets marinated in basil oil)
Restaurant at the Le Clos St Jean retirement home (open to the public) - SAINT-JEAN-DE-MONTS
Restaurant d'été du Daviaud - LA BARRE-DE-MONTS
"Bignaïe" crêpes - Eggs with sorrel and "lét-bèr" salad
Restaurant Le Glajou - LE PERRIER
Cuttlefish ratatouille and pork cheeks with chorizo - Grilled eels with vine shoots