Oysters, shrimp, grilled squid, scallops, fish, mussels, clams, sea snails, marinated anchovies… La Cabane à Huîtres – a little seafood haven on the bustling streets of Rue Gambetta in Biarritz – serves them all!
You know when you pass by a place often, but never really notice it until much later? Somehow, I’ve managed to overlook this wonderful seafood joint every time I’ve headed to C.A.B Burger (whoops!).
Luckily, my senses have finally kicked in and ever since I’ve tried out La Cabane à Huîtres, it’s safe to say that it has become my favourite seafood resto in Biarritz!
As most of the restaurants on Rue Gambetta are pretty small, tables are limited at each restaurant and you will often find La Cabane à Huîtres packed to the brim. They don’t take reservations, so get there early if you are in a big group. During the summer, they have an outside patio and since seating is limited, you could be sitting pretty close to your fellow neighbours, but that should definitely NOT deter you from getting your seafood fix here!
The decor at La Cabane à Huîtres is tasteful with a mix of kooky humour. The walls are plastered with fun, maritime themed posters, dishware and fishing equipment amongst other cool things. They even have a hanging bucket behind the counter for their tips and someone promptly rings the bell above it to toot their gratefulness!
Run by the most easy going and warm couple, Sophie and Laurent, their friendly spirit is echoed by all of their employees. I can honestly say, as a whole, their team service is one of the warmest and nicest that I’ve ever encountered in France. Smiles for days 🙂
Ringing true to their name, they serve those juicy, little aphrodisiacal bites in the dozens and they only serve the freshest and top quality oysters to their customers. They source their Marennes d’Oleron fines de claires oysters from an oyster farm that won the Medaille d’Or in 2016 and the Medaille d’Argent in 2017 from the Concours General Agricole Paris (CGA).
They also serve other types of oysters such as Spéciales Bretagne, Ostra Régal and Normandes.
If you’re not big on oysters, fret not! They also serve cooked seafood in the form of chipirons à la plancha (grilled squid), St Jacques avec legumes de saison (seared scallops with seasonal vegetables), tortillas (their Spanish omelette always sells out! I’ve yet to try it), crevettes rose (shrimp with aioli or mayo), bulots (sea snails cooked in a traditional house-made broth), couteaux à la plancha (grilled razor clams), palourdes (clams cooked with chistorra, a Basque sausage), Kokotxas (hake casserole cooked with green salsa), gambas (king prawn in house sauce), anchois mariné (marinated anchovies), poulpe mariné (marinated octopus), and moules (mussels). Lastly, don’t forget to check out their daily suggestions of their seasonal catch!
So what did I get? My boyfriend and I were prettttttttty famished so we went big. For just the both of us, we ordered two assiettes de l’écailler which consisted of :
- 12 fine de claires oysters in #3
- 8 crevettes roses (shrimp)
- 8 bulots (sea snails)
- 2 glasses of white wine OR rosé
On top of that, we also ordered a dozen of fine de claires oysters in #2. The #2s are bigger than the #3s so they were extra juicy and slurpy!
One of our favourites at La Cabane à Huîtres is their chipirons à la plancha (grilled squid in their house sauce and stewed onions). Oh mannnnnn. That sauce doe. It’s savoury and tangy in all the right ways! Get that bread ready cos this sauce is addictive! My first time there, I had asked the friendly server what was in the sauce, but he wouldn’t say. Tsk tskkkk… This dish is a sure winner in my books!
Oh and the mussels. We easily finished this pile of mussels and contemplated getting more! We quickly came to our senses since we had another plate of grilled squid coming. 😛
We both enjoyed the razor clams, but there was a tad too much parsley on it for my liking. Their grilled squid, on the other hand, had the perfect amount of fresh parsley (okay, okay, I’ll stop talking about the squid already!). Nonetheless, still delish!
I wasn’t a big fan of Los trozos de Bonito del norte, cold bonito fish, but my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed it. As for me, I happily ate the marinated anchovies all by myself! Beautiful little things that were marinated in a lovely sauce of lemon juice and olive oil…
Sooooooo… What are you waiting for? Head on over to La Cabane à Huîtres for affordable, top quality seafood! And don’t forget to send my love to Sophie, Laurent and their awesome team. ❤️
May The Pinchables Be With You,
Location: 62 rue Gambetta – 64200 Biarritz, France
Hours: For Summer of ’17
Monday : 7pm – 10:30pm
Tuesday : 12:00pm – 2pm // 7pm – 10:30pm
Wednesday : 12:00pm – 2pm // 7pm – 10:30pm
Thursday : 7pm – 10:30pm
Friday to Sunday : 12:00pm – 2pm // 7pm – 10:30pm
Tips: They don’t take reservations so head there early if you are a big group.