Fine Dining in
Brasserie "L' Océan"
It is approximately a 10 miles
drive from the highway in Boulogne-sur-Mer to the Brasserie where we're
heading towards. From exit 29 off the A16 (E402) the ride on the "Departmental 904" to Hardelot-Plage can be
quite busy during
the Summer. But
we follow the route on a wintry Saturday and it's a deserted road.
details on "L'Océan":
visit the WEBSITE.
100 Boulevard de la
we turn to yet another roundabout, we enjoy a three miles drive in a
forest scatered with elegant villas of the luxury resort of
is winter and Saturday, but here and there is still work going
holiday-homes for next spring.
Brasserie "L'Océan" has
lured us here with a -to French standards- very extensive bilingual
website in French and English. The
website is decorated with a nice-looking mascot, a seagull, and
occasionally we hear the surf of the beach through our
you can download the website menu in PDF format, so you can make all
your choices at home and be warned in advance for the relatively high
Arrived at the spot, we benefit
from the many (hundreds) of empty parking spaces that are almost at the
winter there is an abundance of parking space, in midsummer it will be different ...
Brasserie "L'Ocean" is much smaller
than what we had imagined. We enter the restaurant at an impossible hour for
France: it is four o'clock in the afternoon. Much too early for dinner and too
late for a déjeuner. But with "L" Ocean" that's no problem: tourists are
a strange breed that like to eat at their convenience, and
that they keep in mind in "L'Ocean"..
The prices on the menu are pretty
high for a "brasserie". Only
a handful of appetizers and a snack, a croque-monsieur (toasted
sandwiches), remain under the magical € 10 limit. For a main dish, you(ll have to
fork out at least € 14 (£12.00) and when you want to
treat your partner with the cream of the crop, a seafood platter "Grand
Fond", then you'll spend a whopping €78.90 (£65.00)!
list weighs heavily on the budget: the cheapest "Muscadet
Sèvre et Maine sur Lie", ideal with seafood, will cost you
€ 15.90. (£13.50) That's about 4x
the supermarket price ...
order a "marmite de poisson en bouillabaisse" (fish Mediterranean way)
for €15.70 (£14.00) and an "Emince de boeuf aux
tagliatelles" (noodles with meat sauce) for €13.60
and we are not impressed.
we are in a pub and don't expect haute cuisine. What we have on our plates is not
bad, but really not worth the money. The "marmite" consists of smaller
pieces of fish in a saffron sauce, and one can have an equal noodle
dish in a chipshop for less than a fiver. We are tired and have had a busy
day, it that perhaps why we are so disappointed?
Verdict: the location of "L'Ocean"
is impressive, close as it is to the beach,
but just as little as the English Channel isn't The
Ocean, "L'Ocean" is not a recommendable restaurant. The quality of the food was not
bad, but the prices are too high, especially for a "brasserie". So you pay extra for the sea view
while you eat.
De Panne (BE)
November 10, 2010
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