Pam during her hours of research found a restaurant that she wanted to go to when back in New Zealand. Their web site said they did not accept email reservations and you had to phone.
I tried to phone, in my pigeon French, forgot to leave my name. Then I got a lady from work who is French to contact them, but after 7 days no response to that either. So I ended up emailing them and finally our booking was confirmed.
Apon arrival in Honfleur we were quite amazed at the number of restaurants – literally 100’s of them everywhere, although most you could tell are typical tourist rubbish filled with chips on every order.
We booked in at 8pm and walked the 2 minutes to it from our room.
We said we had a reservation for "Crowe” and then he said are you “Holiday” which is my email address for holiday related stuff.
This was a nice fine dinning place, but like the rest of HonFleur most of the restaurants have fixed menus. A lot of restaurants also have standard menu items to order, but this place did not just basically a 30 Euro (with 40 Euro Option) or a 50 Euro (with a 60 Euro Option)
I really wanted to try the Foie Gras but it was on the main 50 Euro menu and the other items I wanted were on the 30 euro menu.
So I thought I can try the Foie Gras another day.
Pam & I both ordered the duck, with different starters and different deserts.
We ordered a bottle of Pinot Gris from Alsace – 30 Euro and quite nice with a very good length.
When we got there they served a small amuse bouche (no photo) and then they served a small pre-starter of a raw beetroot wafer along with salmon filled with a green pea mousse.
Pam ordered a “Velouté de Petits Pois Printanier, with Mozzarella di Buffala grillée et chorizo.” which basically is a pea soup with grilled buffalo mozzarella cheese at the bottom along with pea fronds.
I ordered the “Mousse, Nougat, de chevrè aux Fruits secs grillés salés, along with Asperges vertes et Jambon Ibérique vinaigrette miel et jus Betterave” and received the following dish which was Asparagus, an air dried salted ham, and silky smooth goat cheese with Pistachios and Almonds along with lovely little red droplets of Iberian honey vinaigrette and beetroot juice.
For the main we both had the dish titled “Poitrine de Canette Dorée ay sautoir, Epinard et Navet aigre doux citron Badiane, jus épicé.” which was duck with very smooth mashed potatoes, a sound disk of apple (quite thick) and a very rich jus”
For desert I ordered “Panna Cotta Passion Tartare D’annanas à l’estragon, Sorbet Litchi”
and Pam ordered “Dôme Chocolat Noisettes Caramélisées, Créme glacée noisettes torréfiées”
At the end of this we were quite full.
The then offered us a Calvados (for free) which was very nice and unexpected as we saw others did not receive this gift.
Overall a lovely night and not too expensive considering the location and class of restaurant.
- Two Meals / 3 courses – 30 Euro each
- 1 bottle of wine – 30 Euro
- 1 bottle of sparkling water – 7 Euro
so all up 97 Euro