Les Mouettes d’Arvor Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Yuzu, Orange and Grapefruit


You had me at Yuzu purée. But grapefruit and orange zest, too? Get in my mouth!

115g (4 oz) tin

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Ingredients: Sardines 75% (Sardina pilchardus), extra virgin olive oil* 13%, lemon juice* 5%, Yuzu puree* 2.2%, citrus zest* 1.8% (grapefruit* and orange*), sunflower oil*, vinegar alcohol, salt

*23.7% of products of agricultural origin come from organic farming


  1. fibersides (verified owner)

    French sardines are something special. Read up on reddit on /r/CannedSardines and you’ll quickly find that folks there are trying to claw their way into the French Deenz Scene. That’s because there’s just something different about some French Deenz.

    And they’re hard to get if you’re not actually in France!

    Well lucky for us, Dan at Rainbow Tomatoes Garden goes to battle for we mere fish mortals without a French Connection of our own.

    This tin specially is an absolute delight. Strong citrus notes and acids dominate the otherwise fishy flesh and pretty much cook the fish in the tin. At least that’s my experience with this tin. This causes the sardines to have a very dense bite stepped in the zesty, citrus flavor. The experience straight from the tin, to my mind, is almost of a strong ceviche in the sense that the citrus is preparing the seafood in its way.

    Do not miss this tin, and indulge in any of the French Deenz and Pates you can straight from Dan the Man!

  2. Stephen (verified owner)

    Yesterday I wrote a review for Jacques Gonidec Sardines in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Lemon; and found some similarities between that tin and this one.

    In that review I stated that the flavors were a bit unbalanced. I felt to my tastes the EVOO was too front and center and the Lemon was an afterthought. I’m happy to report that the citrus in this tin is much stronger but still not as strong as I hoped for.

    There are many who want an ass blistering spicy tin but nobody makes them despite how “hot” they are marketed. Similar to this when I buy a tin of Lemon or Citrus I want there to be no question that’s what I’m tasting.

    So would I buy this again? I will probably buy a few more tins and hold onto them until they reach “Vintage” status to see if flavor penetration improves.

    At the end of the day – I think if these were smaller sardines in a more neutral oil like Sunflower these would be 5 out of 5.

  3. twa101 (verified owner)

    This tin is very mild and lightly flavored with citrus. The fish are moist and soft, but not mushy and the olive oil made for a delicious dipping sauce for the fish and was so good that I drank it straight from the tin and wiped it clean with a little piece of bread. The citrus provided just enough acid to lighten the flavor a bit. I could definately ee using this can as a salad topper, using the oil to make a vinaigrette. These were my first French sardines, and I will definately be trying this brand again.

  4. Hream McDan (verified owner)

    Can’t lie, this one was a big disappointment. The fish was quite dry and the citrus flavor was extremely, extremely understated. Was hoping for a few chunks of fruit here and there but couldn’t find any pieces big enough to grab. The texture of the fish was so dry/dense and the flavors were so bland.

    If you’re going to (excitingly, uniquely) brand your tin with yuzu, orange, and grapefruit then you’d better be darn sure that you bring those ingredients. This didn’t come close to meeting expectations. If only Ferrigno made this one, I bet I’d be raving about it right now.

    I _might_ give Les Mouettes d’Arvor one more shot but it’ll be a while before I forget about the letdown of this tin. If you feel like some delicious French sardines, skip this one and try (ANY flavor of) Ferrigno instead.

  5. Greg L (verified owner)

    Let me first say that I don’t think I’ve ever had Yuzu. After eating this tin, I’m still not sure what it would taste like. The citrus is barely noticeable. I was able to scoop up a few bits of rind that I found hidden in the (surprisingly enormous) amount of oil. They had given up their flavor along the way, just tasteless mush. The fish were large, but I’m shocked at how dry they were given the higher-than-usual amount of oil in the tin. The sardine flavor was fine, but just fine. The dryness really makes these not particularly enjoyable. If this tin was half the price, I’d give it 2 stars. Price + quality + flavor = look elsewhere.

  6. Yuliya (verified owner)

    The sardines themselves were meaty and soaked up the flavor of the citrus well. The sauce was well-flavored and not overwhelming acidic, as someone sensitive to highly acidic foods. As I usually eat sardines in plain olive oil, I appreciated the flavor combination of this tin, and the oil was great for dipping bread into afterwards. I received this as part of a gift package, but I think that this is priced at a high end for the product.

  7. Peter Kupchick (verified owner)

    Very good quality large sardines. The additional citrus needs to be taken into account when pairing with lemon/onions/etc. Extremely tender and flavorful right out of the tin.

  8. Nigel Behrens (verified owner)

    These are the biggest sardines I have ever had. Not my favorite. Good citrus flavor. Texture and size was all wrong for me. Paired with rosemary roll right from the tin.

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