Any way you approach Carantec by car, you'll pass fields of Artichokes since the tiny micro climate area surrounding it supplies most of France with this unique vegetable (or is it really a flower?) The problem is how to cook and eat it and this is where Le Cabestan (Capstan), comes into its own.
Whenever in season, the local Artichokes are cooked to a 'surprise menu' - it changes every day and you don't know how they'll be served until they appear ... but when they do you're in for a gastronomic treat. They couldn't be fresher having travelled only a few hundred metres, and the restaurant know exactly how to bring out their exclusive flavour.
Also notable for its fine fish cooking, the restaurant is right on the water's edge of the fishing port of Carantec and specialises in local fish dishes cooked in traditional French style (cuisine traditionelle), at very sensible prices. The wine list is limited, but good value and the service has been reasonably fast and friendly on the 3 occasions we have been there.
Its great competitor 'L'Abri du Pecheur' is 40 yards away and one of these two traditional Brittany Seafood restaurants is always open - they wisely arrange their half days accordingly.
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