La Marine is awarded three stars in the 2023 Michelin Guide.

La Marine, tucked away in the cove of L’Herbaudière on the tip of the island of Noirmoutier, is the only new restaurant in France to be awarded three Michelin stars in the 2023 Guide.

Effusive in its praise, Michelin said in its official statement: “An authentic exploration of the ocean and edible coastal plants, Chef Alexandre Couillon’s cookery brings a unique culinary approach to the French gastronomic landscape.

“Streamlined and fully rooted in this terroir, the chef’s creations vary throughout the seasons with the plants gathered along the shore and fresh seafood from Noirmoutier fish market. The tastes are striking and bold, the produce quality is exceptional, and the cooking methods – where braising predominates – are exacting. Among the dishes that impressed the Guide’s inspectors, the braised artisanally-fished mackerel, beetroot and parsley foam and the crispy buckwheat dessert, caramel mousse, candied citrus fruit and sea lettuce sorbet are among the monuments to modern cuisine.

“The service is orchestrated by the chef’s spouse, Céline Couillon, who demonstrates precision, forethought and care. These virtues are essential in raising awareness about the pioneering philosophy of this sustainable establishment which has enjoyed a Michelin Green Star since 2020.”

In total, the Michelin Guide lists 29 three Michelin-star restaurants in France.

“Thanks to Alexandre and Céline Couillon and their creation of a gastronomic destination, the definition of a three Michelin star restaurant is felt more vibrantly now than ever,” said Michelin Guides international director Gwendal Poullenec. “La Marine ‘is worth the detour’ because it sweeps us away to the island of Noirmoutier and leaves us forever changed. The restaurant team had already been highlighted with the Michelin Green Star in recognition of its remarkable eco-responsible commitment, and the restaurant team plays out a resplendent symphony.”

Dinner at La Marine will set you back a mouthwatering (and eyewatering) €250 for nine courses, or €310 to include a flight of wines.


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