Bingo! By gambling on a neighborhood spot – an old PMU betting shop on the Quiberon peninsula that they’ve sanded down like a scratch card, friends Camille Joly, Valentine Carcano and Paul Perrault, who came from the hospitality trade, have sure hit the jackpot: a sports bar 2.0 (hence the name BDS, or bar des sports) with a maxi-cozy dining room and XXL terrace. It’s the perfect playground for paying a round of living wines rather than flat half pints, while slurping up some cheeky cockles, all wonderfully buttery and zingy with ginger. Ravenous? Valentine and her sidekick Julien Tardivel (ex-Le Petit Hôtel du Grand Large) cook up lunches to conquer the daily grind (black pudding terrine and lentil salad, roast chicken and carrot purée drizzled with a paprika-spiked jus, chocolate lava cake with chamomile crème anglaise) and an evening menu that won’t leave you down in the dumps: skate wing terrine with a pepper cream; veal rillettes and spring onions; wrasse ceviche; beef tataki with a tomato vinaigrette; slow-cooked shoulder of lamb; cherries with lemon and turmeric whipped cream. Looks like the gamble paid off! // Rosa Poulsard
FEELING THIRSTY? Fuss-free bottles from the who’s who of wine: Pain Perdu, a Cabernet Franc from Claire and Florent Bejon (€6 a glass), MC2, a red Coteaux-du-Giennois from Mathieu Coste (€40 a bottle), and a white La P’tite Folie from Les Vins Jardinés in the Nantes region (€34).
PRICE: Menu €20 (lunch), starters and tapas €7-13, mains €17-18, cuts of meat to share €45.
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