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We had stopped at a local tourist office and gotten a Route de Moulins so were exploring Basse Normandie looking for wind and water mills. We weren't having much luck and arrived in Courseulles-sur-Mer around lunch time. We parked and started scouting menus. We met several Americans who were with a Canadian tour group and needed menu translation so we helped until their Canadian friends arrived to rescue them.
We walked into the local market but they were packing up so we decided to have lunch. We’d found an Italian (in name only) restaurant with fondant au chocolat for dessert so, on the basis of dessert, entered La Tosca. As it turned out, the menu was pure French despite the Italian name. (see menu items below)
When we got the bill, Ed’s credit card wouldn’t work in her machine. He tried another and then his debit card and had no luck. I pulled out two more and neither worked so Ed asked directions to the nearest ATM and left me as hostage. After he left, I pulled out his original card and rubbed it very hard on my slacks and gave it to Madame. It worked! I paid the bill and waited for Ed, meanwhile complimenting the chef who had come out to watch the excitement. They were so friendly.
Ed finally arrived with the no-longer-needed money and we bid fond farewell and continued our search for moulins.
Favorite Dish: It was a find! Ed had salmon with a chanterelle quiche en croute and roasted potato slices, and I had bar (sea bass) in beurre rouge with chanterelles in the same sauce and the same quiche en croute. The waitress wanted to practice her English and was pleasant enough but we were trying to eat and it got to be a bit much. Madame called her back to the kitchen and we appreciated it. Madame was a treasure!
We did have the fondant for dessert served in crème Anglaise with kiwi, strawberries, peaches and a marvelous anise macaroon al la maison. Fantastique . . .
This was definitely a Find!
Updated Feb 23, 2011
Address: 12 rue de la Mer
Phone: 02 3137 1111
La Belle Aurore has the look and feel of a workingman's bar and restaurant. The menu seems gearer to hearty appetites . We were impressed by the hospitality of the manager who went to great lengths to ensure we were made welcome. He introduced us toone of the regular patrons (Marcel) who helped us with our selection through his glowing endorsements.
The manager spoke excellent english and tolerated my efforts in french.
By the end of our second day in C-S-M, we felt like we werwe regulars here.
Favorite Dish: We had the beouf bouginion two days in a row. It was simply that good we didn't see any point in trying anything else. The fish soup appetiser was thick, hearty, and extremely delicious.
Written Dec 13, 2009
Phone: 02 31 37 46 23