If a one word review would suffice, then that word would be "exquisite". But let's put a little more detail on it. It's a tiny restaurant with only thirty or so covers, so I would think for the evening and in season, booking is essential. Normally with a room this size there is a huge temptation to squeeze as many tables in to maximise potential, but that is not the case here. There's ample room to move between tables and it didn't feel crowded at all.
The decor is minimalist with some black walls inset with dark wood laminate and one pale wall with interesting colour changing loop lights. In one wall there is an inset fish tank and here lays my one single negative observation. Please clean the glass of the tank and put some fish or even a lobster in it.
And now the main reason for being here, the food. Wow! It exceeded all expectations and really was a kind of bliss. An amusee bouche of prawn salad (finely dressed and with a scattering of sprouted seeds) followed by a crab starter. This was wonderful. So full of balanced flavours and the presentation was out of this world. It was PERFECT! My main of veal kidney was equally good, cooked to perfection and residing in a light cream sauce that was outstanding. The dessert of apple tart with salt toffee icecream was unbelievably good. All this culinary skill, imagination and quality, is yours for the lunchtime €30 menu! If you don't believe me, look at the photographs I've posted.
The service was impeccable with just one waitress who performed her tasks with aplomb. Don't go here in a hurry. Expect to wait a little while for the chef to work his magic. Your patience will certainly be rewarded a thousand fold. I don't know how many restaurants there are in Saint Malo or even if anyone has counted them but for me there are only two. Gilles and this one.
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