For many British travellers, the Nord-Pas de Calais region is a compulsory stop on their way to Paris and other popular tourist destinations in France. Despite its close proximity to the UK, Nord-Pas de Calais has a very distinctive French flair, which is most evident in its cuisine. Here you will learn about where to go for some of the region’s best dining experiences.
Location could not be better at this traditional French cuisine venue, as L’Estouffade offers great views over the picturesque Dunkirk harbour. As it couldn’t be otherwise, the menu consists primarily of fish and seafood-based dishes.
Les Vendanges Tardives
Also in Dunkirk, Les Vendanges Tardives is an interesting culinary concept, as this world-class wine shop transforms itself into a stylish restaurant on Thursdays and Saturdays. Live piano music and attentive service are the trademarks of this venue.
Located just a few miles outside Boulougne and within the prestigious Atlantic Hotel, La Liegoise offers sweeping sea views and a luxurious atmosphere. The menu is equally impressive, thanks to a wide selection of French wines, seafood dishes, and the presence of one of France’s top cheese experts.
Chateau de Cocove
If you have your own transport, Chateau the Cocove is a compulsory stop. This restaurant is located in a privileged spot, right between a regional nature park and the dramatic French Atlantic coast. Wine tastings are available too.
Le Grand Bleu
Just a few minutes away from Calais’ Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal, Le Grand Bleu offers innovative cuisine in a charming setting. The menu’s main characteristic is the inclusion of exotic ingredients like Nepalese pepper and Tonka beans.
Hotel de la Plage
Located in the quaint fishing village of Audresselles, the restaurant at Hotel de la Plage is the ideal spot for a classy lunch stop right by the beach. Set menus range from 19 to 35 euros, and the a-la-carte selection includes local specialties difficult to find elsewhere.
This Boulougne grill-style restaurant continues to get excellent reviews from diners. The owners have successfully taken the fresh food concept to the extreme, as there is no freezer in sight: all produce is as fresh as it can be.
Chez Tante Fauvette
Small and cozy, this is often quoted as St Omer’s number one dining experience. The venue has only 5 tables, so reservations are a must. The chef’s fish gratin and haddock steak come highly recommended.
Unlike in other upscale restaurants, Le Soubise does not serve top quality food in small portions. The generous servings are great value for your money, the atmosphere is intimate, and chef Michel Hazebroucq makes a point of visiting each table individually. Some of the menu’s highlights include seafood in lobster sauce, roasted lamb leg, and chicken supreme served in a very special Isigny sauce.
Classy and refined, Le Paris offers its guests the quintessential French dining experience. Located in the charming town of Le Touquet, this restaurant is ideal for those looking to celebrate a special occasion with the best of contemporary cuisine.