Having dined a number of times at l’essentiel, Pont-l’Abbé’s newest restaurant, I wanted to report that unlike a lot of restaurants in the area, the chef Bertrand Cossec, understands vegetarian food.
There are often vegetarian dishes on the menu. On our last visit one of our party had a delicious mushroom raviole, a single large ravilo, filled with chopped mushroom and other vegetables. While the rest of the party were eating delicious locally caught fresh fish, Bertrand Cossec, who spent some time in the US, produced a tasty, elegant salad, which included avocados, cold beans, tomatoes, several different kinds of salad leaves, and eggs, accompanied by an excellent dressing.
If you are vegetarian, it would be a good idea to tell the restaurant when you’re making your reservation. However, if you arrive without reservation, let them know at once and you will be able to discuss the day’s options.
There was a surprisingly buzzy atmosphere for a cold November evening, which was cheering and combined with a delicious meal it made our evening.
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