St Georges de Didonne is a favourite summer holiday resort of Brits and other Europeans: and many restaurants here tend to open only during the holiday period. Also, knowing their holiday clientele will soon be gone, their standards are often variable. Then there are restaurants that are open all year. La Brochette (hidden behind the church) is one such. So, following the reviews here, we three had a winter-time lunch there.
The dining room is small, minimalist: about 20 covers. Outside there is a small, sheltered terrace, which looks to be a sun-trap. The offer is "brochettes", spit-roasted or skewered dishes: starters, mains and sweets ( an offer unique in France the young owners say). There is a choice of about 8 starters (€8-10), 12 mains (€13-20) and 6 sweets: there are two carte offers, from a limited selection of dishes. Nothing veggie, unfortunately. The wine list is modest in size and in price. See their website (www.labrochette-restaurant.fr) for more details.
We didn't fancy the carte options, and chose to skip a starter. This was wise, because the main courses are huge (by French standards). The duck arrived perfectly pink; the "day's special" cuttlefish melt-in-the-mouth; and the chorizo and pork with flavours enhanced by the spit roasting. We each opted for 'home-made' frites, rather than pasta or rice, with a few salad leaves on the side. The 'wine-of-the-month' was an Argentinian red at €4 a glass - and very well-matched with the food choice. No room for anything else after that other than a good coffee, and a modest "addition".
Everything 'worked': and another visit is being planned. Until then, this has to be recommended.
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