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“Best meal we had in France” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Surcouf

Le Surcouf
Ranked #14 of 62 Restaurants in Cancale
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Soups
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Best meal we had in France”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food! We were a group of 4 adults, a teenager and 3 kids. Everyone's food was excellent! From appetizers, to entrees, desserts and cheeses.

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Lier, Belgium
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mixed feelings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

Although the place looks quite trendy, I thought I slightly overpaid compared with other restaurants in town. Nice environment, but food-wise you can find better in Cancale.

Visited August 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“A Great Place to Stop While in Cancale!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2012

We met friends here on a grey, drizzly day at the end of September. It was after the lunch hour, but the staff said they would be happy to serve us any of the fresh seafood. So we had fresh oysters, shrimp, longoustine, and a plateau de fruits de mer. We also had a very nice Sancere wine. We sat outside and fortunately we under the large canopy, as it did rain while we were eating.

It made for a great afternoon, dining on the freshest of seafood, watching the boats coming and going. We definitely overstayed our welcome, but the staff was very professional and never hurried us along. As soon as we left they quickly closed up the restaurant.

The food was fresh, staff was professional and amiable, and the cost was reasonable. We will definitely be back!!

  • Visited September 2012
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Paris, France
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“Home of the "Grand Plateau Royal"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

Mention “Cancale” to a Frenchman and the instant response will be, “Oysters”. Mention “Surcouf” and the reply will be, “He beat the English, several times”. He did indeed, and as the only one to do so, he is rightly remembered. Robert Surcouf was born in nearby St Malo in 1793 and became a famous “corsair”, a privateer military adventurer. During his legendary career, he captured 47 ships and, together with a huge fortune, built himself a perhaps undeserved renown for gallantry and chivalry, earning the nickname of Roi des Corsaires ("King of Corsairs"). Named after him, this restaurant has captured much more, the hearts and taste buds of those who crave the very best of shellfish enjoyment.
The sheltered terrace, over which looks a portrait of the eponymous sailor and bon-viveur, is an ideal place in which to savour the splendid shellfish on offer here, but there are also menus at €15.50, €25.50, €33.00 and €44.00, as well as an extensive à la carte menu. Service is unobtrusive but extremely efficient, and English is both understood and spoken. Staff have time to spend on every diner and their pleasant manner is a delight to watch, as is the delivery of mouthwatering sea-food platters to the obvious pleasure of those about to demolish them. The “Grand Plateau Royal” is served for € 115 for 2 people sharing, and it certainly is a sovereign dish in size and diversity of ingredients, a wonderful way to spend a hour or two in such a fine location.
We started our lunch with aperitifs accompanied by a fine selection of amuses bouche, including canapé compositions of smoked salmon, mackerel and crab. We were then both served “Les noix de Saint-Jacques rôties, dentelles de Sarazin, fois gras chaud, salade au vinaigre balsamique”, consisting of scallops pan-fried to perfection, surface-browned and translucent in the centre, served on a small-leaf salad with a stunning vinaigrette and a copious escalope of foie gras also pan-fried with a technical ability which is clearly lacking in many who attempt this delicacy. It was lightly crisped on the outside and butter-soft inside, just as it should be. I have to mention that many folk are surprised by this particular preparation, so much so that in “De Gouden Harynck” in Bruges and other places staffed with the better exponents of the foie gras art, waiters ask diners if they really know what they have ordered, because they are forever receiving complaints from those who do not understand how it should be served. No such problem here. It is quite simply wonderful. The ensemble was topped by a delicately thin “dentelle” or buckwheat pancake, which melted in the mouth.
My companion had ordered “La sole cuite entière au beurre salé”, often served as “sole meunière”, here beautifully golden and minimalistic in its presentation with three fine portions of crushed potato. The shavings of lime peel come as an extra, because the waiter informed us that many of his French customers do not think it appropriate. The fish was perfectly cooked and came off the bone with no more than a gentle touch. The taste, I am told, was sublime. I took “Le filet de bar rôti au plancha”, a generous filet of sea bass delicately wood-grilled and served on a bed of fresh green vegetables. Its taste too was delectable.

We forewent cheese and both enjoyed the “Assiette gourmande”, which was one of the best selections of desserts I have ever encountered, a feast for the eyes and for the palate. Outstanding is a word which adequately describes the colourful and succulent array.

The wine list is extensive and well-priced. We chose a Pouilly Fumé of excellent quality and vintage at a reasonable price. The “Eau-de-Vie de Poire” was served correctly to end a most enjoyable Sunday lunch in the oyster capital of the world which has so many restaurants among which one of the stars is without doubt “Le Surcouf”.

As a score based on value for money, this establishment achieves a creditable 17/20

  • Visited September 2012
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Greece
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“Just great!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had lunch at "Le Surcouf" on 15 September 2012, at a table at the outside. My husband eat a excellent plate of "fruits de mer", I had shrimps and a sole fried in butter. The wine they proposed was very good and reasonably priced. The staff was very observant and helpful. We really enjoyed it!!!!

Visited September 2012
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