When he first saw the boat and M. Saint-jours, he must have thought that this isn’t a comfortable one, as he thought that this boat is small, and that M. Saint-Jours seems to have had a enduring job there. Also waiting there wasn’t an intriguing thing, either! However when he finished this trip, he changed. Now he felt strong, brave, and pride, thinking how challenging he is.
He meant that the taste of oyster was something that he never tried before, and I might say that he had foreseen what his life is going to be like, the whole life as a chef, trying other foods that he has never tasted before.