Normandie Alliance [DFW] ***** out of *****
FOOD ***** out of *****
I've been there twice and ordered two different types of crepes. I ordered the mixed berry crepe and the banana chocolate crepe. Chef Gilles's crepes are very thin and delicate. Also, they're made of all natural and organic ingredients. They're much better than the crepes at IHOP. Most of all, in contrast to all the other overpriced French restaurants, Normandie Alliance is reasonably priced. A French crepe costs $3 to $6 there depending on what you order.
Although I did not order the following dishes, Chef Gilles did give me a small sample of each; carrot soup, zucchini goat cheese soup, and quiche. The carrot soup was sweet and creamy. It did not have solid chunks of carrots in it. It is a creamed carrot soup. If you like a sweet soup, you will like his carrot soup. The zucchini goat cheese soup only had a hint of goatiness. If a goaty (musky) flavor is O.K. with you, then you'll like it. The quiche is very strongly flavored with garlic. If you like garlic, then you'll love his quiche.
Although his other dishes are good, I LOVE his crepes. I will order crepes every time I go in the future. I may try his beef stew or ratatouille on a future visit, though. I really like a good French beef stew but I've yet to sample one ever since Chez Gerard closed. Also, I've wanted to try a ratatouille ever since I saw the movie Ratatouille, but I haven't found any other French restaurants in Dallas that served ratatouille.
ATMOSPHERE ***** out of *****
They have an outside wooden deck overlooking a fountain and creek. It is a most pleasant dining experience during nice fall weather like we are having now.
SERVICE **** out of *****
Everybody is really concerned with your dining experience. The chef himself will come out to greet you and ask how you liked your meal if it is your first time in his restaurant. They don't have 3 man waiter teams like they have at the more expensive restaurants, but service is reasonably quick and they are genuinely concerned with your dining experience.
CONCLUSION ***** out of *****
There may be better French restaurants out there. However, you will not find a better crepe and there are no other reasonably priced French restaurants that serve tasty, yet healthy dishes made only from all natural, organic ingredients. Also, they are BYOB, so instead of buying overpriced restaurant wine, you may bring your own tasty budget wine. Normandie Alliance is not haute cuisine. It is good French home cooking. This is not a "jackets required" restaurant. Normandie Alliance is a "good times guaranteed" restaurant. I've gone there twice in the past three days. That's what a good time I had there. That's how affordable they are. I eat out every day and Normandie Alliance has earned a permanent place in my weekly rotation.
If you are craving crepes, then go to Normandie Alliance. You cannot find a better crepe than Chef Gilles's crepes. If you want a romantic meal for a reasonable price on a miniature River Seine right here in Dallas, then look no further than Normandie Alliance. Normandie Alliance is your one hour Parisian vacation, right here in Dallas. Bon apetite!