We decided to treat ourselves to a nice restaurant while on holiday and ended up choosing this restaurant as it was in a country-side setting rather than in a big town or city. The reviews we saw were good and we decided to give it a try. We booked Sunday lunch and drove over from our base in Les Sables d’Olonne. It was easy to find and well sign-posted on the major routes. The restaurant is in a converted building beside the chateau. We were greeted warmly by Karine (who turned out to be the wife of the chef – Thierry Drapeau) in English and in French. While one of us is French the other was delighted that the staff were able to explain the dishes in English too.
The dining room was fantastic and quite full on a Sunday afternoon which we thought was a good sign. Really high ceiling and thick old stone walls meant that even on a warm French afternoon the room was cool. After we were seated, the menu was explained to us in French and in English. Afterwards the food started to arrive. From tempting amuses-bouches to sumptuous main courses and decadent desserts the food was wonderful. While it definitely had that wow factor you get with 2 star Michelin, the food also tasted great and was interesting to eat with lots of different things to try with each course.
The staff were very attentive and knowledgeable, while not being intrusive. Karine came around for a quick chat which was really nice and we found out more about the area from her. The thing that was really fun was the fact that many of the courses were presented on old-style wooden trolleys. When you heard the wheels coming, you could not help but stare at the amazing amount of choice that was available. We had the bread trolley, the cheese trolley, and a few others as well.
After a fantastic afternoon, we finished off with a walk around the chateau – just enough to aid the digestion after such a wonderful meal. Next time we are in the area we will be back. To sum up, a wonderful experience with fantastic food in a countryside location and excellent service. Book now if you are in the area.