Fine Dining in
Estaminet "La Péniche"
Just outside the northern French
town of Guinness (that has nothing to do with the beer or the world
records), on a channel from Calais to Guînes floats a
converted barge that was christened "La Peniche".
This barge serves not only as a
restaurant, there are also art exhibitions and musical
performances held here.
We visited La Peniche on such a
musical evening. Although
all tables were fully booked, the quality of the food and the service
was impeccable. Kudos
to the diligent manageress, who treats her customers as true
The menu is a reflection of the
Flemish cuisine, the French
Flemish cuisine, that is. Do not expect artificial menus with crawfish or
other exotic gadgets: this menu features seven starters, nine main
courses and seven desserts. For the little ones, there is a children's menu (at
€8.50 - £7.00) offering the young gourmand a choice
of two dishes each. This
three-course children's menu offers real value for money.
We ourselves enjoyed at
"La Peniche" the following courts:
- friture d'
fried smelt which were baked in their entirety. Including heads, fins, tails and
bones. As the
fish were at most two inches long, this was not annoying. A delicious appetizer!
- flamiche au sable de
savory leek tart with fragrant cheese from their own region. Quite a heavy appetizer, perfect
for the "big eater".
- waterzoï de
variation of the Belgian Waterzooi. (chicken casserole) A large piece of chicken breast
(chicken label from the home region "Poulet de Liques") in a mild
presented with a portion of rice.
a typical Flemish dish
called "potty meat". Potty Meat is a cold dish, and consists of chunks
of pickled chicken, rabbit, veal and pork, all held together in a
transparent gelatin sauce.
- carbonade Flamande: the world famous
Flemish beef-stew that -how else- was served with
brulée: needs no translation or explanation.
- assortiments de
fromages régionaux: an assortment of local cheeses. France has lots of cheeses to
offer, but even with the regional cheeses from the "North"
you can have a sweet time.
The food at La Peniche is of good
quality, you will not leave the table hungry, the portions are quite
card is very budget-friendly: a first course costs on average
€4.20 (£3.50), a main course will cost you between
€ 7.20 and € 10.70 (£6.00 -
£9.00) and the most expensive dessert on the card is
€ 4.20. (£3.50)
"La Peniche" is a must for those who wants to discover the traditional
Franco-Flemish kitchen for little money and want to do so in
In the summer you can eat or have a drink on deck. Going on an evening when a musical
accompaniment is provided, you pay € 5 per person extra. Groups from 20 to 45 people are
This restaurant is currently not open
Restaurant la Péniche
route de Calais
tél : 03 21 34 06 57
De Panne (BE)
Februari 28, 2013
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