Discover Benelux, Issue 49, January 2018

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Discover Benelux  |  Gastronomy  |  Les Toques d’Opale

T H E T O Q U E S D ’ O PA L E :

An exclusive club of gourmet delights in Calais TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER  |  PHOTOS: TOQUES D’OPALE

France is a foodie paradise, and with its close proximity to both the UK and the Benelux, the region around Calais in northern France makes the perfect destination for a gourmet weekend break. Calais and its surrounding area has plenty to offer tourists in search of fine dining. Well worth a visit are the group of restau72  |  Issue 49  |  January 2018

rants and bistros belonging to the exclusive Toques d’Opale society of culinary professionals - the word ‘toque’ refers to the famous white hat worn by chefs, while ‘opale’ refers the magnificent Côte d’Opale (Opal Coast) on which Calais lies. There are a host of different restaurants and bistros to choose from within the Toques

d’Opale club, each with its own distinct flavour. Here, we take you on a mouthwatering tour of Calais’ finest foodie hotspots.

Au Côte d’Argent A superb seafront spot! Sandrine and Bertrand Lefebvre provide a warm welcome at Au Côte d’Argent, which offers mesmerising views of the Channel and