L'Houstalet, the typical French restaurant in Vila. Well known for its tender grilled steaks, prawns flambe, coconut crabs, lobsters, wild pigeons and flying foxes. L'Houstalet is 40 years old this year and is still alive and kicking.
Clement the Chef, owner of l’Houstalet, describes himself as a provincial French chef and explains the name 'Houstalet' to mean home farm stay. The restaurant’s low ceilings, dark wooden beams and stucco walls achieve that ambiance.
Open since 1973, L’Houstalet, famed for its longevity, has not changed its menu in 25 years amd Clement is quietly proud that his extensive bill of fare has remained consistent for a quarter of a century.
The menu is eclectic, European and Pacific, all at once and separately. There are 22 pizza dishes that long-term locals rave about, six pasta dishes, then the French influence kicks in with classics like French onion soup and garlic snails.
The menu is liberally sprinkled with beef and seafood dishes, including reasonably priced lobster Thermidor. But while wild pigeon could be served pretty much anywhere, the flying fox in red wine drags you back to the Pacific.
L’Houstalet is well known for its tender grilled steak, coconut crab in garlic butter and popular prawns’ flambé.
L'Houstalet is situated on the main road, half way between the centre of town and the Hotel Le Lagon, only a 5 minutes’ ride by cab from all major hotels and is open every day for dinner.