Monday, 14 January 2013

RESTAURANTS ON FERRIES - What a surprise "Le Flora" was

Eating on a ferry is not usually something to look forward to.  However, the highlight of our journey home from Santander, Spain to the UK was the ‘La Flora’ restaurant on the Pont Aven, a Brittany Ferry.

We were relieved to be on the way back to the UK and having parked our car on the car deck containing most of our worldly goods, we settled into our somewhat cramped cabin. 

We soon ventured out of the cabin and, having enjoyed a Spanish breakfast in Santander, decided to have lunch on the ferry, more to relieve the boredom that anything.  So we ate at the self-service restaurant - La Belle Angèle.  The portions were enormous and it was very good food.

To work off the lunch, we took a long walk around the ferry and decided to stay in the cinema and watch the latest James Bond movie.

Then we booked a table in Le Flora for the evening.  We were surprised when studying the menu to find such a gourmet style list.  We almost walked out as we felt a little intimidated, dressing down, rather than up.  However, the waiters were so experienced and soon put us at our ease.

For starter, I chose crab salad on a bed of mange tout.  Louie and Leo had king prawn, bigger than kings themselves, with a green bean and chorizo mash on the side, served with a delicious sauce.

For mains Louie and I had breast of chicken on a bed of coriander, and our son had Iberian pork with rosti served with a mini jar of chutney/sauce and small vase with watercress.

For desert I opted for the Grand Marnier souffle, while the boys had apple crumble with calvados cream on the side.  The service was very friendly, attentive but not obtrusive.

Almost worth another trip on the ferry!

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