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Jun 14, 2014 03:55 AM

Brittany/Bretagne - Quimper/Paimpol/Dinan Recs

Hello Chowhounders!

I will be heading for a quick 3 night/4day trip to Brittany in 2 weeks and I was looking for restaurant recommendations. Near or around Quimper, Paimpol/Lannien and Dinan/St Malo area.

I would have loved to go to l'Ambrosie at Quimper but it's closed on Sunday and Monday (when I start my trip ...) and I heard of La Cotriade in Paimpol, but it seems to have lukewarm reviews so far.

Anyone have delicious foodie recommendations?
I've come up with
Breizh Cafe and Au Pied Cheval as good places to go but would love to hear more. For example where to get a good taste of the Agneau Pre Sale etc. and other must eats!

Also my partner is a vegetarian to my omnivorism, (but I'm not letting that get in the way of French feasting even if it means sitting on my lonesome in a restaurant. :( !) So if you know any good vegetarian restaurants too that would be great!


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  1. I just found this thread for a start:
    very helpful

    1. Attention: you are no longer in oyster season.

      I haven't been in a long while - but I would go again in a NY minute - to Tirel-Guerin in la Gouesnière/Saint-Meloir des Ondes. One of those family-run landmarks that keeps up its standards through the decades. I've really never read a bad word about it

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      1. re: collioure

        Collioure - why do you persist in saying there is an Oyster season?

        Oysters are perfectly OK all year around as most are farmed oysters and these are sterile and don't spawn and therefore don't lose condition.

        1. re: PhilD

          Naturally there is no oyster season. The mollusks are perfectly OK all year round, as you say.

          This "R months" thing dates back to pre-refrigeration times, when carrying oysters on long distances in the warmer months could be a problem.
          Actually, oysters are thinner and waterier in Winter. Spring and Summer are when they are at their plumpest. That is why people from the West Coast of France laugh at Parisians who "prefer" them in Winter. They say Winter is actually the off season.

          Last week I had a dozen of the wonderful Tsarskaïa oysters at Breizh Café in Cancale, and they were some of the best oysters I ever ate. And tonight I enjoyed a lovely dinner of local oysters in the Bassin d'Arcachon. Plump, pearly, meaty and delicious. The larger ones we put in a low oven until they opened and it was an absolute treat, with a few chopped shallots and good red wine vinegar.

          Recommendations in the area:

          Of course I recommend the Cancale branch of Breizh Café, especially their dessert crêpes.
          Almost next door, L'Ormeau is an excellent seafood restaurant. Get the araignées (spider crabs).
          In Saint-Malo, you may go to the Comptoir Breizh Café with 60 ciders and poirés à la carte.
          Right across the street, I ate at Jean-Yves Bordier (the Butter Man)'s bistrot "autour du beurre" and the food is quite good.

          1. re: Ptipois

            This is just one more example of why Chowhound needs to reinstate the "save thread" function.

            1. re: Ptipois

              Thanks for the confirmation regarding the oysters - definitely looking forward to eating them at Cancale. Is it necessary to make reservations for Breizh Cafe?

              1. re: dalliance

                Reservations are recommended. The place fills up fast.

                Oh by the way, if you're in the mood for that, there is a truly excellent Japanese restaurant on the second floor of the same building (there are guest rooms on the other floors).

                1. re: Ptipois

                  " (there are guest rooms on the other floors)"

                  WOW! Thanks, Pti! This sounds like a super secret find!


                  Of course my heart belongs in Les Rimains, but these are almost a third the breakfast at the cafe is included.

                    1. re: Ptipois

                      Mmm cannot wait. Is the Breizh Cafe at St Malo similar to the one at Cancale?

                      1. re: dalliance

                        Le Comptoir Breizh Café in Saint-Malo serves galettes and crêpes, and oysters, as in Cancale, but they have a larger choice of ciders and poirés: 60 of them, as well as excellent chouchen (mead) and other drinks.

            2. re: PhilD

              Because I have not yet been hammered enough times when I utter this. And I no longer know because I am forbidden to eat oysters.