The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Sunday, 17 November 2013

French seafood dinner @ Le Cantorbery, Dinan (France)

French cuisine is one of my favourite types of food, and I was in foodie heaven during our week-long stay in France during the summer. The food we had in the medieval Breton town of Dinan may not be as sophisticated as some of the food we ate in Paris, but it was nevertheless delicious in its own way. After a long day of walking and sightseeing around Dinan, we were grateful to finally sit down for dinner at Le Cantorbery.

Le Cantorbery just before the start of dinner service at 7pm. The dining room was full within an hour:

Le Cantorbery is a small and charming restaurant in a 17th-century townhouse. The warm and cosy atmosphere was inviting, and staff were friendly and spoke good English. The menu was in French, but our waiter was happy to explain the dishes and answer any questions we had. Ordering was simple; there were two types of set menus available for 29 euros and 40 euros, and ordering from the a-la-carte menu was also an option. Hubby and I both went with the 29 euros menu, and there were seven choices for each of the three courses. The food was delicious, well-presented and top-notch quality.

Brittany is where good French cider comes from, so hubby took the opportunity to order a local cider: Val de Rance Cidre Bouché Brut:

The amuse bouche of a chilled tomato soup:

For entrée, hubby chose Croquant de lapin aux petits légumes et mesclun de salades (crispy rabbit with vegetables and mesclun salad). Prepared like a spring roll, it was a nice way to eat rabbit meat, which did not have a gamey flavour at all:

I went for the Assiette du mareyeur (seafood platter) for my entrée. Large serving size, and the seafood was fresh and delicious. It was messy eating, but well worth the effort:

Hubby's main - Pavé de lieu jaune au vinaigre balsamique (pollock with balsamic vinegar sauce). The white-fleshed fish was similar to cod, and it was beautifully cooked. The dark balsamic sauce was perhaps a bit too heavy for this mild-tasting fish, but it was nice in its own right - rich, thick and sweet:

I got the Pavé de saumon grillé au feu de bois, sauce béarnaise (wood-fired grilled salmon with bearnaise sauce). I was glad that the bearnaise sauce was served separately on the side because I didn't care too much for it, though hubby liked eating the salmon with the sauce just fine. The salmon was great with a lovely lightly charred flavour:

One dessert was Soufflé glacé é l'Izarra Verte (frozen soufflé with Izarra Verte, a sweet peppermint-flavoured liqueur). The frozen soufflé was like ice-cream but with a lighter texture. I liked the combination of the minty flavoured soufflé with the chocolate disc and sorbet:

The other dessert was Croustillant aux fraises (strawberry croustillant). Layers of sweet fresh strawberries with crispy sweet biscuits in a pool of smooth custard. It was a refreshing and light choice for dessert:

We were very happy with our meal at Le Cantorbery with nothing to complain about. It is a popular choice for dinner, so reservations are highly recommended.

Le Cantorbery
6 rue Sainte-Claire
22100 Dinan
Tel. + 33 2 96 39 02 52

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