Normandy is a gastronomic destination, its cuisine based around produce both from our land and sea. The Eure’s proximity to the sea guarantees the arrival of beautifully fresh seafood from nearby ports. Many restaurants and bistrots in Normandy offer seafood and fish on their menus. Fishers and local producers of seafood work with our fishmongers and chefs to support sustainable fishing and responsible catches, from the ports’ fish markets through to our restaurant kitchens, at lunch or at dinner. Try seafood dishes prepared with care and passion. Maybe savour a seafood platter with a glass of wine at a fishmonger’s. Or then enjoy a tasting of seafood produce at a terrace, sampling oysters, shrimps and prawns. Or perhaps take a glass of white wine with seafood treats in a friendly oyster bar in Evreux or Vernon. The Eure boasts many fish and seafood restaurants. At these fine addresses, make the most of home-made dishes, fresh grilled fish, a tartare of smoked salmon, or maybe tasty sushi. French cuisine is often devoted to the sea.
In traditional restaurants, a dish of the day will often feature tastes of the sea. Across the seasons, enjoy such classics as fish soup, scallops caught off the Normandy coast, or a home-made fish stew. In a specialist restaurant you might savour a fine shellfish bisque. Normandy eateries often reinvent fish and seafood in original ways. Wild fish simply grilled, though, is always a treat. Cod, sole meunière, tuna, salmon, trout and the like are often served as fillets or as fish steaks prepared in a sauce featuring much local produce. You can also find more traditional seafood dishes, such as mussels and chips or whelks and winkles at Normandy restaurants near where you’re staying.