OUR ULTIMATE COVID BOOKING GUARANTEE. FIND OUT MORE
A busy Breton port city, Brest boasts not only a rich maritime history but also an eclectic dining scene. Featuring everything from locally sourced eats to global cuisines. Read on for The Culture Trip’s round-up of Brest’s best restaurants.
A fixture of Brest’s dining scene for over 25 years, Le Khyber focuses on classic Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Entrées like onion bhaji and keema samosa and Le Khyber’s specialty tandoori starters kick-start patrons’ authentic dining experience. Its main dishes have something to suit every taste from spicy lamb vindaloo to a mild shrimp korma and several vegetarian-friendly dishes including mattar paneer and aloo gobi. Dessert offerings are equally authentic with options like kulfi (an Indian ice cream recipe with milk, cream, pistachio and cardamom) and suji halva, a semolina-based sweet treat with almonds and coconuts.
Le Khyber, 46 Rue de la Porte, Brest, France, +33 02 98 05 03 73
Le Potager de Mémé’s focus is simple. Hearty, homemade French cuisine crafted from local, organic and artisanal produce. Open for lunch six days a week, the homey restaurants offerings include soups, pies and salads served alongside seasonal plates like sausage and Loqueffret beef casserole and winter vegetables. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Le Potager de Mémé opens for dinner with delicious dishes like Pollack with lemon sauce and smoked salt or blanquette of veal made with beer from Tri Martolod in nearby Concarneau. Stick around for dessert, there are options like artisanal cheese plates and molten chocolate cake from which to choose.
Le Potager de Mémé, 44 Rue de Lyon, Brest, France, +33 09 51 44 14 78
Inspired by owner and chef Daniel Daoulas’ travels across the world, the menu at Le Bouche à Oreille is brimming with eclectic dishes and global flavors. Two cozy, intimate dining rooms welcome guests to try inventive entrées like lentil velouté with foie gras and fresh coriander or chicken skewers marinated in an Indian-style sauce. Le Bouche à Oreille’s mains dishes include the likes of duck breast with cocoa and pepper sauce and filet mignon of pork stuffed with goat cheese and olives. Weekday lunch and weekend dinner discounts are also offered alongside tempting desserts like chocolate and salted caramel butter tartlet.
Le Bouche à Oreille, 10 Rue Massillon, Brest, France, +33 02 98 46 14 20
Nestled on the edges of Marina du Chateau, L’épuisette boasts some of the best views of Brest’s busy port. Inside, it’s a stylish but quirky little joint decked out in a distinctly beachy motif where you can opt to sit in a stylish dining room overlooking the marina or booths styled like beach huts. Naturally, seafood dominates L’épuisette’s menu with plenty to please pescatarians, from paella with shrimp, chorizo and scallops to cod au gratin with aioli and potato puree, but meat lovers fear not, there is plenty of meat-based dishes too including duck shepherd’s pie and juicy T-bone steak with fries.
L’épuisette, 185 Quai Eric Tabarly, Brest, France, +33 02 29 63 05 64