We spent 23 days in Brittany and Normandy
With very few exceptions all of our meals were outdoors and really good. The three really special meals in Brittany were:
Rosemadec Le Moulin — lunch in Pont Aven — 1 Micheline star
The food and service were fantastic. We started with a glass of champagne each and chose to eat a la carte. We were served four amuse bouche before our beef and lamb main courses, a shared wonderful cheese course, a chocolate dessert and a grapefruit mousse. This was an incredible value for €165.
La Vieile Auberge — lunch in the countryside near Tinteniac
I chose this restaurant because it was halfway between our hotel in Carnac and our gite in Plouer-sur-Rance and would break up our long drive. We like eating at a countryside auberge but didn’t expect this high-level gastronomic experience.
We chose the 3-course traditional menu: foie gras and smoked salmon entrees; beef and sweetbreads (€12 supplement) plats; and chocolate tarte and mille-feuille desserts along with a glass of kir royale (€115). Everything was delicious but the sweetbreads were one of the best I’ve ever had. They were milky soft in a morel cream sauce. A truly memorable experience.
This restaurant is certainly worth a detour.
Breizh Café — lunch in St Malo
This was the best of the many creperie we went to. We started with 6 oysters; the ham, cheese and egg crepes for each of us and shared a caramelized banana, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream dessert crepe. (€49,80)
Apparently, there are two types of kougin-amann (thank you Carmenere on Hungry Onion for the lesson).
We bought our first kougin-amann at Chez Ty Kouign in Minihy-Treguier (there are several locations). This was the Douranenez version (croissant dough) and came in a 9in tin pie plate (12€60) which the saleswoman told us to heat it up for 5min at 150C. It was outstanding—flaky with a shiny, caramelized top!
We also bought the smaller “kouignette” individual size version at one of the Ma Boulangerie outlets. It was not quite as carmelized as the one from Chez Ty Kouign but just as delicious.
Our third was the Abers version which we bought at the in Sunday market in Cancale. This is the flat version and we didn’t like it. It was flavoress and too sweet and (sacré bleu) we threw most of it away.
The three other food highlights were the Brittany butter, the plougastel strawberries and the charentais melons.