La Roche-sur-Yon: La Smala, a new world cuisine restaurant has just opened in Les Halles

Clémentine Jenny, 29, has been able to recreate a warm atmosphere thanks to an entirely mottled decor. ©Lucile AKRICH

Beach umbrellas on the sidewalk, a large window overlooking the small room of 35 m2 where antique stainless steel tables stand, with the old-fashioned charm of the Seventies.

Welcome to The Smala, the new gourmet address of Les Halles district.

At the head of this charming bistro which also has a coffee-shop, Clementine Jenny, 29 years. “I imagined this place in my image, as a place of sharing and exchange”, underlines the young woman, installed in La Roche-sur-Yon for three years.

Fallen into the pot!

Fallen into the middle when she was little – “My parents ran a restaurant. At 14, I was already diving! she smiles – Clémentine had set herself the goal of opening her own address.

After dozens of experiments in the restoration “in all positions”, seasoned seasonal worker, she embarked on a business as a couple at the Fault-on-Sea, before building this solo project.

“Initially, I oriented myself towards arts and culture so as not to do like my parents; I wanted to go to film school. And then from season to season, catering caught up with me. When I had my daughter, I passed a CAP florist. In the end, I came back to cooking because that’s really what I like to do and that’s what I’m good at,” says Clémentine.

When I do another job, I get bored. So I chose to put my creativity into my recipes!

An elaborate “streetfood”

Passed by the Stone Soupthe Grand Café Where The buzz at The rock on yonnow she is at the head of La Smalaan establishment with about twenty seats indoors, 15 on the terrace.

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It was important for me to do everything alone, from A to Z.

“Here is an extension of my home! » ©Lucile AKRICH

She offers a world-inspired cuisine. Between Bo bun and real Mexican tortilla, Lebanese mezze, Palestinian dish or falafels, the menu with exotic flavors makes you salivate.

On the menu, two sandwiches And two dishes each day including a proposal vegetarian“five or six desserts to choose from”, fruit juice extractor and of multiple drinks of the world without forgetting the range of coffees of all kinds.

Blackboard for menus in restaurant background.
Blackboard for menus in restaurant background. ©Lucile AKRICH

“An elaborate and worked streetfood”, sums up the restaurateur, who is accompanied in this adventure by an employee during the services, midday and evening.

La Smala restaurant is open Thursday to Monday from 9am to 10.30pm except Tuesday and Wednesday (closed).

Clémentine Jenny plans to open her establishment to conferences or workshops of all kinds for adults by the start of the school year.

La Smala, 29 rue Sadi Carnot in La Roche-sur-Yon, 06 22 47 12 03. Eat in or take away.

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