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Restaurants & Bars 2

Au Verre Volé sur Mer

lesgruenchers | Mar 8, 2015 12:00 PM

Had a great great meal at Verre Volé sur Mer on Friday.

We ended up there serendipitously after getting turned away from Pleine Mer (I don't know why I keep thinking I don't need to reserve there...; there were out of sauvages anyway though).

Smallish space, communal table, everything we ordered was top-notch. Fabulous Utah Beach osyters, bulots with aïoli (the only thing slightly amiss was that they added anchovies to the aïoli, which was a bit unusual to me, at first I thought they had added chipotle...), bigorneaux, Utah Beach cockles, tourteaux claws from Roscoff, and "sashimi de Beyrix 'dorade oeil d'or' " from Saint Jean de Luz -- I've no idea just what kind of dorade that is, but it was wonderful.

The real standout was actually the cockles -- who knew they could be this good? What set them apart was the precision of the cooking time. Just perfect, they burst with juices when you ate them. Dressed with just a bit of Tuscan olive oil (great sourcing on that oil -- incredibly floral) and pepper. They told me they have some kind of special oven that cooks them in 25 seconds.

Prices are surprisingly good (those cockles were €10.50, for example).

This was everything that Clamato should have been.

Also to be noted that the wine was good and cheap (€24 for their "premier prix" white, a lovely sauvignon, and to boot a natural wine that I actually liked!) and the staff very amiable.

I had had some apprehensions given the affiliation with Verre Volé, where I've stopped going after a couple of unhappy experiences, but this place just rocks. I hope it stays that way.

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