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Calvados/Pays d'Auge - restaurant recommendations?

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Kelly Mar 10, 2008 03:56 AM

We've spent a few weekends in Normandy over the past year or so and have really fallen in love with the cider/Camembert/Livarot region (basically, the area between Caen to the west, Lisieux to the east and Argentan to the south -- we tend to avoid the coast).

But oddly enough, we've never really eaten well there. I'm not counting picnics with the aforementioned cider, cheeses and baguette, which are always, of course, extraordinary. It's on the restaurant front that we keep striking out -- and we're going back for Easter weekend. Anyone know of any little gems we could try?

Many thanks in advance, and I will be sure and report back on any recs we get!

P.S. The only restaurant in this area I've seen mentioned on the board is La Camembertiere in Les Champeaux. We were there last summer and were underwhelmed...

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    Steve RE: Kelly Mar 13, 2008 07:17 PM

    Unfortunately, I can only commiserate. I spent a week in the vallee d'auge and had one pretty good meal at a place called Cochon d'Or in Beuzeville. Even the famed poulet vallee d'auge fell flat.

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      npltzk RE: Kelly Jul 1, 2008 03:24 PM

      Hi -- We are going to be in that area in July and staying at La Prieure Saint Michel. We also were looking at different restaurants --- the proprietor said that the closest to his inn was le camembertiere and was going to make reservations for us --- do you have any other suggestions since you were there recently..??

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        Kelly RE: npltzk Jul 2, 2008 03:11 AM

        The pickings are still pretty slim. However, we had enjoyable meals (all much better than at La Camembertière) at:

        Auberge de la Touques (Pont-l’Evêque)
        Auberge de la Levrette (St-Julien-le-Faucon)
        Auberge de l’Abbaye (Beaumont-en-Auge)

        These will all set you back 25-35 EUR for a three-course prix fixe, and they’ve all got a nice, cosy atmosphere.

        Another one whose menu looked good, despite its oh-so-touristy location, was the Pavé d'Auge, right on the central square in Beuvron-en-Auge. We’ll probably check that one out next time we’re in the area.

        Have fun, and please do report back with any findings!

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          whs RE: npltzk Jul 2, 2008 09:50 AM

          l'Aigle d'Or in Pont l'Eveque is wonderful:
          http://www.laigledor.com/ I recommend the Tartare d’huîtres, vinaigrette à la confiture de citron et algues, mousse de brocolis a l’aneth, tempura de laitue de mer.

          Chateau d'Audrieu is a beautiful Relais & Chateaux property with a very good dining room: http://www.chateaudaudrieu.com/

          The Route du Cidre is also a fun excursion-stop along the way and sample Calvados.

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