The food and service are very good. The descent into chaos that is the beginning of the 20th century is emotionally draining and the break of a full-service restaurant is definitely worth it. When the weather is nice, there is outdoor seating. We went on a rainy day so didn't try it outside!
We found the atmosphere friendly, restful and refreshing. We were ready to return to the rest of the Memorial afterwards.
Favorite Dish: There was a nice salad buffet to start. They had other choices if you weren't interested. We both chose the fish entrée and the apple sorbet with Calvados for dessert. There were several menu choices and service was a bit faster than usual in a French restaurant. The staff know you want to enjoy your lunch . . . but they also know you want to see the rest of the exhibits. You will not be rushed. However, if you want to hurry a bit, they are willing to help.
Just to the right of William the Conquerers castle is a place called Le Vaugueux. There are probably 10 different cafe's serving everything from local specialties to pizza. As there are not too many tourists, it appeared mostly locals were sitting around enjoying lunch. The area was pretty rough 800 years ago and the name comes from the "val of beggars" situated between the port and the castle.
Favorite Dish: I had a thin crust pizza with anchovies, capers and olives I can still taste.
We were spending a Sunday in Caen visiting the chateau and arrived at lunch time. We parked by the chateau and started down the hill looking for a place to eat. The first thing we saw was Cafe Milano right across from the Chateau at the beginning of the Old Town section of Caen. It was a lovely day and the view couldn't be beat so we took a table on the terrace.
It is not gourmet but it is reasonably priced, tasty and the view was great. Service was good and friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was most convenient to pop across the street to the chateau when we finished.
Favorite Dish: We only ate there once so I can't give a comparison of menu items. We got the 11 euro menu special that included a hot goat cheese salad (my favorite). I got turkey for an entree and Ed got the tagliatelle. We both had ice cream for dessert. You can't go wrong with French ice cream!
Most expensive set menu :16.57€
Least expensive set menu :10.65€
When you visit Caen, you must see the chateau. There is a museum of Norman life, an exposition hall with varying exhibits and the Beaux Arts Museum (no chateau). The Beaux Arts has an excellent restaurant and it is very convenient. One of the two times we ate there it was a lovely day so we ate on the terrace and then inside on the cooler day. The terrace was more fun because you can people watch . . . a favorite past time.
It's a great place to take a break from your sightseeing and the food is excellent although I must admit the service was a bit spotty. The first time we had excellent service but noted a few nearby French couples having problems. The second time we weren't so fortunate and had to ask for various pieces of flatware throughout the meal. I must say, though, it was all dealt with in great good cheer. The staff may not have known the menu as well as they should nor did they know the flatware needs of the various dishes but they were cheerful, polite and friendly. We would definitely return.
Favorite Dish: Week one: We started with a hot fish appetizer en croute, pork medallions with roasted carrots, potatoes and chanterelle mushrooms in a well-seasoned cider-pork gravy. Asked our waiter to recommend a dessert and got a small round apple upside-down cake, caramel sorbet and caramel sauce . . . fantastique. We had great service but noticed others had a few problems; i.e. slow or nonexistent service. We know at least one of the couples was French so language wasn’t the problem. At any rate, we fared well and had a great time.
Week two: We had a salmon and sorbet starter. Ed got the pork medallions with stuffed potatoes, and I ordered osso buco with potatoes and chanterelles. We had a different and very young wait staff who were nice but a bit confused. I got a soup spoon instead of a marrow spoon and the French couples on either side of us had to send for particular flatware. The waitress couldn’t recommend a dessert and she brought all our coffee without spoons (or the obligatory chocolate). We did all request spoons. For dessert we ordered a sorbet with Grand Marnier and it was excellent. It was very nice . . . just not as well served as last week.
This charming little restaurant is not in the city of Caen. You have to drive to St. Sylvain southeast of the city. It is definitely worth the trip!
We were renting a gite nearby so it was quite close for us but it is listed under Gastronomique Restaurants on the Caen Web site and it is a reasonable drive, about 20 minutes or 27 kilometers (17 miles).
We had a better overall experience the first time we ate there. The food was good both times except for wilted lettuce on the second visit. I listed my journal entries for both visits below.
Favorite Dish: We ate at the Auberge de la Crémaillère just across from the church and it was wonderful. We got the cheapest menu (19.90 euros) and it was a five-course meal. The waitress brought out a small bowl of cold confit of ham (we think) before dinner with cheese pastries. I chose the roasted pork in cider sauce and Ed got duck in beans (like a cassoulet). I had a ham and artichoke starter and Ed got the gazpacho with lemon sorbet. There was a splendid cheese board with local cheeses so we each tried three and all were good. My favorite was a Pont l’Évêque. This was followed by an apple tart on pastry crust topped with rich caramel ice cream . . . caramel apple! After dinner she brought out a tiered tray of tiny local candies, panoche, grape jellies and milk chocolate. Yum! What a fun restaurant, quaintly decorated with rose toile and gingham and walls hung with pastels and watercolors that were for sale. We will return!
This was our second visit and we were a little disappointed. They brought Ed the wrong starter and although it was a tasty fish soup . . . it wasn’t what he’d ordered. My salad had obviously old, wilted lettuce. Our main courses, pork (Ed) and for me, sanglier (wild boar) were delicious as was our apple dessert. The little candy tray arrived with coffee but had only two candies apiece instead of three on it. The service was a bit brusque too. Not sure if it was a bad night for them or just an off day.
The food was excellent both times except for the wilted lettuce. It is lovely and we definitely will return on a future visit.
Tiny restaurant with typical "french" ambience. Menu , written with chalk, depends on morning market. The hardest is to choose, but it's always excellent. The wine is traditional but good, too.
Favorite Dish: Roasted duck with honey sauce and market vegetables is my favorite dish : it melts in the mouth...
An excellent menu at 13.90 Euros. I had Saumon Fume (Smoked Salmon) beautifully served. My husband had Soupe de Poisson. Both wonderful. We then both had Boeuf Provencale with Frites. Meat just melted in the mouth. We finished with cheese. We also had a bottle of the House Rose at 12 Euros. Again, excellent.
One my trip through Northern France in September 2006 I intended to eat in as many Michelin rated retaurants as I ( and a friend) could manage, so a gastronomic tour ensued! I stopped off for 'à la normande' lunch. Le Pessoir has a young (well 37) chef Ivan Vautier who has been awarded a michelin star, and his local classic regional dishes are to die for. I opted the 30 euro lunch menu which the food was out of this world in texture and taste....
Favorite Dish: Tartare de Maquereaux
We had dinner the first night we were in Caen and had the €22 set menu.
The fish soup was excellent and very filling followed by vollaile and fish between us. Very palatable!
It was the most expensive meal we had on the whole trip but was very nice all the same.
Favorite Dish: Fish Soup.
We found this awesome little restaurant called Les Petites Bouches ('The Little Lips') by chance. We were looking for somewhere to eat as we were starving and none of the bar brasseries along the main pedestrian streets seemed to be serving food as early as 7pm. The restaurant is popular among locals as it is tucked away from the main city centre next to the Men's Abbey. Their Facebook page reveals that the restaurant has only been open for a short while since 4 March 2013
I found the atmosphere very pleasant and the staff super friendly and lovely. The staff spoke very little English nor is the menu in English, but we were able to get by more than really well with my very basic French!!! The restaurant can be warmly recommended thus.
I had fried king prawns with sea salt (Gambas Poêlées au Sel de Guérande). The prawns were fresh and lovely. My friends had Turkey escalope the Normandian way (Escalope de Dinde à la Normande). For dessert we had selection of local Normandy cheeses (Assiette Fromages Normands) and Mousse Speculoos (Speculoos is a type of spiced shortcrust biscuit from Belgium and the Netherlands)
They also have a weekly changing recommendations by the chef.
Tuesday-Friday 11.45-14.00 and 19.00-22.30 (Lunch and dinner)
Saturday 19.00-22.30 (Dinner only)
Sunday 11.45-14.00 (Lunch only)
This lovely, very tiny crepeterie called 'Le Triplex' is located along the short, historical street called Rue du Vaugeueux, a must see in Caen. I had the most delicious and super fresh salad (Salad L'Italien or 'Italian salad') with Italian spices, mozzarella cheese, the most delicious ham (jambon) I have ever had and salad leaves in this place. It was absolutely awesome. The menu is only in French, and the staff spoke French only, but the place, food and the staff were most delightful even if I only spoke very little French.
Opening hours can be limited though (eg on Saturday from about 12 noon to 2pm), but this is typical for this street and Caen in general. Go early in order to avoid disappointment!
Mon Dieu, this place is awesome! It is super small and mainly specialised in take away food, but not just any take away food, but Brazilian food. There is very limited seating available since most people take their food home, but the Brazilian lady who owned the place was kind enough to let us sit indoors (there are a few chairs outside too).
The menu is short and sweet, four dishes only, but it includes feijoada (the national dish of Brazil, which is basically a stew of beans with beef and pork, but oh so delicious), moqueca (a Brazilian seafood stew based on fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and cilantro), caldeirada de peixe (fish stew), churrasquinho (chicken skewer). Oh and caipirinha.
We had a long conversation with the owner in French and Portuguese even though none of us was really that fluent in French nor Portuguese. She was absolutely lovely and I wish I could go back there now!
This is such an awesome alternative to a quick lunch from McDonalds and Subway. Why go all the way to France to eat unhealthy rubbish you can get all over the world?
This short, quiet, but very pretty historical street is full of small, unique restaurants, serving local and global cuisine. none of them are part of any chain though so they are pretty original! Most of the restaurants also have a sunny terrace in the front and the locals sit outside even if it wasn't particularly warm! Some of the terraces are heated, whereas not all of them are. The whole area is worth visiting and since I wasn't in Caen long enough I haven't been able to try these restaurants out, but here a few suggestions what to find here.
Beware of the opening hours of many restaurants on this street. They may only serve food from 12 noon to 2pm and then again in the evening from about 6 or 7pm to 10pm. Because many of these restaurants are very small, booking may be recommended. Many of them are not open on Sundays or Mondays. Always check the website if possible.
Le P'tit B (French cuisine) in a small timbered house, a beautiful, rustic dining room with a view of the kitchen. Regional specialities. Mixed reviews online by French customers on Cityvox.
Le Sans Gêne (Steakhouse and grill). Punters recommended this one for groups of friends (especially to those who can eat a lot!).
L'Afghanistan (Afghan cuisine)
An authentic Afghan restaurant with matching deco: comfortable sofas, Afghan carpets, hangings, kilims and curtains. The dishes blend Asian and Western cuisine. Possibility of replacing meat in all dishes for eggplant to satisfy the vegetarian customers.
Cosy Sushi (Small and intimate sushi bar with take away from 6pm to 8pm) http://www.cosysushi.com
Au P'tit Grumeau (Crêperie) http://www.auptitgrumeau.e-monsite.com
A nice variety of savoury pancakes made from local products and delicious sweet crepes. Friendly service and reasonable prices. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 3pm and from 7pm in the evening. Closed on Sun and Mon.
Miam Miam Glou Glou (French)
Salads, cakes, pancakes and menus have amusing names of characters from various cartoons.
Milano Café (Italian and French)
The big terrace with viewsof the Chateau. Inside, the deco is contemporary. Menu includes Italian dishes (eg pizza, Marsalla steak, Italian wines) and classic French (eg entrecôte).
L'Etage (Cocktail bar)
Music played includes hip-hop, soul, funk and electro. Two to three times per week, there is a DJ. The place is decorated with soft colours, two fireplaces and wooden floor. It offers a good selection of wines, cocktails and gourmet appetiser plate. Possible to hire a space for private events. Opening hours: Tuesday - Saturday from 18:00 to 01:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 15:00 (1st Sunday of each month brunch)
Persepolis (Iranian restaurant)