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“Joy on a plate”
Review of L'Eveil des Sens - CLOSED

L'Eveil des Sens
Price range: $22 - $65
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Maitre Restaurateur 2012 Referencements : Michelin 2013 et Gault Millau 2013 Partenariat SMARTBOX Coffret Tables et Saveurs et Reves a Deux
Winchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Joy on a plate”
Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

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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English first
Leicester, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

The two of us spent a splendid evening in this small and very charming restaurant. The food was very well prepared and presented, full of flavour. The waitress was very helpful and efficient.

  • Visited February 2013
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Safe new hands”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

We last went to this restaurant a little over two years ago as it was recommended by the manager of the Hotel Elisabeth. Then it was run by a lovely couple in their late fifties. We went back to find that the previous proprietors have semi-retired to the countryside and a new young management taken over last June.

We wondered if the peevious excellent standards had been maintained. They hadn't. They'd been exceeded!

We went for the €30 menu and everything was wonderfully cooked and beautifully presented. Two complimentary dishes were brought before the starters we had ordered: a ewe's milk mousse and a little 'casserole dish' of chestnut soup. For starters the missus went for the pumpkin soup with frois gras and I had the crab terrine, both first class. We both had the veal kidneys for main course and they were beautifully pink inside as ordered. The tarte tartin for her and cheese plate for me rounded off the long, lazy French lunch we'd travelled from Jersey to enjoy.

This restaurant is tucked away just off the main 'tourist strip' of pizzas and moules-frites and well worth seeking out. Go now before the awards come in and the prices go up!

  • Visited January 2013
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Sydney
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133 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Excellent Foodie Experience”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

This was the best restaurant we ate at in St Malo and we ate at several other highly recommended restaurants. The restaurant only opened earlier this year and I believe has aspirations for Michelin recognition. The food was both excellent and innovative, had a complementary wine list and all provided with delightful service at a reasonable price for the quality.
We had our hotel book a table for us.

  • Visited September 2012
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welshpool
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31 reviews
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“Michelin Quality”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

We had lunch here and found the quality, presentation and service en par with a Michelin restaurant.
We particularly enjoyed the ewe cheese mousse starter and the sole stuffed with shrimps and mushrooms. Also the chocolate fondant dessert was one of the best!
We understand that the restaurant was only opened in June but with this quality it will soon develop a reputation and is only a matter of time before it is in the Michelin guide. Also it was good value for money costing a total of 148 euros for two for champagne aperitif, half bottle of good burgundy, 3 courses and coffee. During our stay in St Malo we had eaten in many restaurants including those in the Michelin guide and we have to say that this WAS THE BEST!

  • Visited September 2012
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