I ordered an assiette de Crevettes to start - a plate of 10 fat prawns in their shells arrived with a pot of mustardy aioli and a large bowl for the mess I would make. It's astonishing that I could have so many prawns as part of such a cheap set menu and soon there were heads and shells flying. I had fish again for my main course, a boned fillet of pollock, called Lieu in France, with creamed leeks and rice. Dessert was an easy choice - Ile Flottante which came as a cloud of delicate poached meringue, caramelised on top with brown sugar to give great texture, floating on a lake of Creme Anglaise.
The Hubs fared just as well with Terrine de Campagne to start, local Vendee ham with mogette beans for his main and a chocolate cake for dessert.
Add in two bottles of beer, a glass of wine and an espresso and the total bill came to €45. No, not each, that's for two of us. Stunning value for perfectly cooked food. I think we might return before we leave...
Restaurant Les Trois Mâts, 27 Quai René Guiné, 85100 Sables d'Olonne, FranceTel : +33 2 51 95 09 78