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Brittany coast?

fanoffrance Jun 17, 2009 12:03 PM

Have any chowhounders had recent experiences with restaurants on the Brittany coast? We'll be there the first week in October. I see there are quite a few Michelin one-stars, often in Relais & Châteaux hotels, and a couple of two-stars. The only ones I've been to are now-closed Roellinger, which I loved, and Crouzil, which I found very disappointing.

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  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: fanoffrance Jun 18, 2009 04:34 AM

    Not on coast, but in Pont Avan, restaurant called Le Taupiniere. Been twice, great regional one star, langoustines were the bomb. Cancale's oysters will still be wonderful even without Maison de Bricourt. And if you head up the coast to southern Normandy, will be the start of scallop season with all the wonders of that. Last fall went to a one star, famed for its rognons, on north coast between St Brieuc and St Malo, and thought pretentious and dreadful.

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      fanoffrance RE: Delucacheesemonger Jul 3, 2009 05:46 AM

      Thanks for your help, but La Taupinière will be closed when we're there, according to the Michelin, and I'm not too crazy about scallops! Oysters I like. I couldn't figure out which restaurant was famed for its rognons.

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: fanoffrance Jul 3, 2009 06:07 AM

        Sorry, before posting originally, tried to dredge up the name and locale with a map of Brittany and failed.

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          fanoffrance RE: fanoffrance Oct 15, 2009 03:27 AM

          I'll have to eat my words, as I had scallop dishes at least three times on this trip and enjoyed them each time!

      2. fanoffrance RE: fanoffrance Oct 14, 2009 04:53 AM

        We're now back from that trip, having dined and stayed overnight at three R&C's along the Brittany coast: Lan Kerellec at Trebeurden, Locguénolé near Hennebont, and Fort de l'Ocean at le Croisic. All had good food, but I would rank Locguénolé best, while the cuisine at the Fort (which lacks a Michelin star) was simpler and perhaps less well conceived. At Honfleur (Normandy), don't miss La Fleur de Sel, which has superb cuisine at moderate prices in a charming rustic atmosphere.

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          Delucacheesemonger RE: fanoffrance Oct 14, 2009 04:58 AM

          Hope you did not miss the mushroom guy in Honfleur at the morning market. Last time in, he had at least 18 varieties. You know what l cooked that night. Also the crevettes gris, the small grey shrimp you eat whole.

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            fanoffrance RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 15, 2009 03:22 AM

            Sorry, we missed the market. Were only there one night. Do you eat those shrimp without peeling them?

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              Delucacheesemonger RE: fanoffrance Oct 15, 2009 03:30 AM

              Yup. Greatest thing is how they are sold. They are sitting in wooden flats and old women come along, wave their hand over the boxes and the ones that wiggle their legs the most, the shrimp not the women, are the freshest are the ones that are bought

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            PhilD RE: fanoffrance Oct 14, 2009 01:26 PM

            Although the real "don't miss" in Honfleur is "Sa.Qua.Na"

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              mangeur RE: PhilD Oct 14, 2009 02:40 PM

              Should we start a Normandy thread?

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                PhilD RE: mangeur Oct 14, 2009 03:08 PM

                Why? the OP mentioned Honfleur and did state it was in Normandy.

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                  mangeur RE: PhilD Oct 14, 2009 05:35 PM

                  Quite right. I was only hoping to prevent a reader from missing Sa.Qua.Na.should he miss this reference.

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                fanoffrance RE: PhilD Oct 15, 2009 03:18 AM

                I know. I called SQN to make a reservation, but was told that the restaurant would be closed when I was there because the chef was going to be away taking part in some food seminar/conference.

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                  Delucacheesemonger RE: fanoffrance Oct 15, 2009 03:32 AM

                  Might have been the big one in NYC

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                    PhilD RE: Delucacheesemonger Oct 15, 2009 12:53 PM

                    He (Alexandre Bourdas) was in Sydney last week (11th Oct), speaking and cooking at the Sydney International Food Festival. He cooked dinner with Justin North of Becasse of of Sydney's great French restaurants. I didn't go because it was $250 a head, although that was for 8 courses including wine.

            2. mangeur RE: fanoffrance Oct 14, 2009 07:31 AM

              Do not miss Youpala Bistrot in St. Brieuc for a most delightful meal. Every bite of every dish absolutely delicious. http://www.youpala-bistrot.com/

              Also, slightly south of Cancale is a wonderful chambre d'hote that offers an evening meal several days a week. The host is the former head chef at the French Embassy in London, and his dinners show it. Large and comfortable rooms. Highly recommend to those who can forego hotels in order to experience real life. http://www.chateaumontdol.com/

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