This was a delightful Sunday lunch near the end of a week staying and touring in rural Normandy. The small dining room is elegantly laid out With a name like this we just had to have duck, and chose the La Sauvageon menu at 52 euros once it was explained that this meant 'young duck' and that there were two stages to the main course - grilled breast with vegetables, then the cuisse with salad. The wine list is mostly Bordeaux, ranging up from entry level wines around 20 euros, although we were very happy to pay a bit over double that for a very drinkable 'second label' St Julien.
The salad of homard bleu and my house made duck foie gras were excellent starters. Then the two duck courses were very well executed. The breast rare, tender and succulent; the cuisse more well done in the oven, I think. It was very instructive to taste the cuts separately and appreciate the differences. Cheese - well, of course. It is Normandy after all. And this Camembert was superbly earthy. Dessert of Soufflé Calvados was outstanding - high, light and strongly flavoured of the apple spirit.
Everything from the kitchen was extremely well executed, and the service faultless - an experience to suggest regional French cooking is in good hands, at least in this little place.
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