For many locals the midday meal is the most important and some restaurants will be open for lunch and not for dinner, or will be much busier at lunch time.
Le Saint Antoine, Plemet - the chef also owns the deli next door - the food is delicious, beautiful to look at and there is lots of it. This is somewhere to savour your meal, slowly - arrive at 7.30pm leave at 11 - having enjoyed 4 wonderful courses plus amuse-bouche. They will prepare seafood platters with advance warning, but whatever the menu of the day proposes is guaranteed to be good quality, seasonal food. An ideal venue for romantic meals or for large celebrations - there are several different eating areas suitable for couples or large families. Most of the voices around you will be French - this is not a tourist restaurant, it is used and appreciated by the local population. In low season the restaurant only opens at lunch times and weekend evenings.
Le Tetres, St Gilles du Mene - a lunchtime venue that should not be missed. Many local tradesmen enjoy their 2 hour lunches there. Don't let the white vans outside deter you, there is plenty of parking by the nearby church and once inside the atmosphere is quiet and appreciative of the good food. Pick your table - each setting for 4 comes with a litre of wine, cider and water - use what you want from these they are included in the price, when you sit down fresh bread will arrive. Take your plate and serve yourself from the starter buffet - an ever changing selection of homemade salads, pates, saucisson and real mayonnaise. There will be a choice of 2 main courses which the waitress will bring, keep your plate afterwards and help yourself from the cheese board she leaves on your table; then onto pudding, again a choice of 2, followed by a small strong black coffee. All this for around 12 euros, everyone wishes you good-day when you leave - and you won't need dinner that evening!
La Mulette, Moncontour - you can't visit Brittany and not try moules. Here there are pages of moule options, from basic but classic mariniere, to much more complex dishes incorporating all sorts of other flavours. They also have lots of other seafood available,including oysters, an excellent fish soup, and a tasty catch of the day and if you have really had enough of fish they always have a meat or poultry alternative for both starter and main. Lunch times are busy with locals, the evenings tend to be quieter - that's just the way it is in Brittany. If you can't get enough they also do moules-frites to take away!
La Bisquine, Loudeac - small but perfectly formed Bistro offering seasonal and market bought local produce cooked in typical French style. Enjoy a quick and tasty lunch from the very reasonable menu du jour, or relax in the evening over 3 or 4 courses and appreciate the care that goes into turning fresh vegetables, meat and fish into really appetising meals. La Bisquine is situated opposite the church in Loudeac - in summer on Wednesday evenings Breton music is played in the square to add to the ambiance.
L’Auberge du Lie, La Cheze - the front door opens into a pub complete with large landlady behind the bar - she must enjoy her husband's cooking - try the side door or walk round from the bar to the dining room. It's very good value and offers plenty of traditional Breton country cooking with no frills - a good option if you want a warm welcome, traditional atmosphere and tasty comfort food.
Further away on the North coast the fishing village of Erquy has a large selection of seafood restaurants serving fruit de mer platters and a wide selection of the freshest fish and seafood available. Scallops are landed here, and the local supermarket at Erquy has the freshest scallops we have bought anywhere in the world.