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“Excellent food and service”
Review of Couleurs Saveurs

Couleurs Saveurs
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Had Sunday lunch here in early September. Restaurant is in the middle of nowhere but inside very comfortable and well decorated. Food was of the highest quality and the service very good. Definitely worth the detour for an exceptional meal.

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Reviewed November 20, 2012

There was a time on the Cotentin peninsula when salt marshes were the foundation of the economy, and Bricqueville-sur-Mer was no exception. In the 17th century they gradually disappeared, to make way for the farming of oysters and mussels. These days the salt marshes also produce the so-called “pré-salé” (pre-salted) lamb. This area is separated from the sea by a spit of land some 800 metres wide, linked to the rest of the commune by a road which is frequently submerged. It becomes a major spectacle during particularly high tides. The tide, however, will not prevent you from visiting the nearby Restaurant Couleurs, Saveurs. Located on a crossroads, close to Bricqueville-sur-Mer and a few kilometres north of Bréhal, is a restaurant named “Couleurs, Saveurs”, a clean, smartly appointed building which instantly sets the impression of being worth a closer look. Reading the menu by the door, the decision is simple: you just have to enter.
Opened in June 2009 by young chef Benoît Delbasserue and his wife Géraldine, the restaurant is gaining a reputation for fine cuisine, served in charming surroundings. As you enter you are warmly welcomed into a cosy, well appointed lounge from which you can pass to the dining room itself. This is decorated with great taste in muted colours and selectively placed pictures on the walls. The tables are simply set but it is clear from the outset that much attention is paid to detail here, and that comes out particularly in the food presented.
There are two set menus: “Couleurs locales” at € 26 and “Haut en saveurs” at €39. We were informed later that the menu changes every five weeks or so, which is wise as the number of choices is limited. That said, there were more than sufficient alternatives and choosing was difficult. I opted for the more expensive menu and Cherry the other. The wine list is well presented, fairly limited but offering a perfectly good selection at prices to suit all pockets. With our aperitifs we were served delicate tomato straws and a soft green olive tapenade which augured extremely well for what was to come. And what came fully justified the restaurant’s name.
After delightful amuses bouches, Cherry started with “raviolis de Saint-Jacques et crevettes rose, condiment mostrado citron”. For the ravioli, delicately sliced scallops replaced the usual pasta and the dish as a whole was a riot of colour, applied apparently at random but clearly with great precision. As for me, I had two starters, firstly “foie gras en jeu de texture, ananas et poivre long”, with a block, a pan-fried escalope and a mousse of the main feature, in a picture painted with a palette of many hues. After that came an astonishing “oursin en coque, toast à l’ail et tartare d’algues”, with the shell of the sea urchin accommodating a velouté of its previous contents and the delicate strips of toast carrying a cornucopia of colourful items including more sea urchin still. The chef has managed to make this most humble of ingredients into a veritable star in a firmament of other star productions.
Our main courses were a gallery of delights. The fillets of “mackereau laqué minute, pressé de chou vert et cassis” was perfectly cooked and served on a copious selection of vegetables including the pressed cabbage and blackcurrant, a triumph of design and taste. Here there were influences of the chef’s history, and there has rarely been such a mix of accompaniments. My “ris de veau doré au beurre, velouté de châtaignes, noisettes torrifiées” was nothing less than miraculous. The calf’s sweetbreads were the best I have eaten, even in Luxembourg, lightly breaded, fried until golden brown and, most importantly, completely and correctly de-veined. As for the rest of the picturesque plate, it was an absolute joy, the roasted hazelnuts simultaneously contrasting and complementing the delicate chestnut sauce.
Desserts were “gâteau moelleux mangue et ananas, ganache chocolat ivoire, passion”, colourful even on the written page, and my “à la pomme et caramel au beurre salé”, a strong contender for our “dessert of the year” award at the end of 2012 in its elegant simplicity and well-considered presentation.
In his short career, Benoît has studied, and learned, in a number of prestigious Paris establishments and has become an accomplished exponent of his art. And art is the right word. He lists his three principle goals as lightness, taste and innovation … he scores on all three. His restaurant is called “Couleurs, Saveurs”, and never was a truer title ever bestowed on any eating house. So much so that I feel inspired to break a rule and provide some pictures of this colourful dining experience.
The score here is a well-earned 18/20.

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2  Thank trueciew
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Go at lunchtime for the 13 euro set lunch with a lovely set of appetisers,a main course and then a set of choccy delights at the end. Other more serious diners were taking the 39 euros set banquet which was too much for active souls like us en route the cote de nacre. Good service and nice surroundings

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1  Thank AndrewtLondon
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

Cycling around Normandy with a friend, our hunger was telling us 'find somewhere quickly to eat lunch' when we found 'Coleurs et Saveurs' as we came round a bend in the middle of nowhere. Although, being on bikes, we were not exactly in our Sunday best, we were promptly and courteously escorted to a spacious table set with white linen, and good quality tableware. We were expeditiously asked what we would like as an aperitif, and given the menu, with a choice of three set menus at 13, 26 and 39 euros. We chose the least expensive, to include the dish of the day, a drink and a 'cafe gourmand'. The daily dish turned out to be guinea fowl, hardly an economy meal. While we waited for it to be served, we were surprised and delighted to be offered an amuse-bouche comprising a fillet of sardine and tomato confit, which were refined, tiny and delicious. My friend enjoyed the house red and I a glass of rosé, and before long our meal was served. The guinea fowl was presented with a blend of vegetables cooked to exactly the right balance of tenderness and crunchiness, in a well-judged sauce. I particularly liked the presentation, on some large white china, displaying to advantage the various elements of the dish. Having enjoyed that, we did not expect much for the café gourmand, not at the meagre price we were paying. Imagine our surprise when this was revealed to be a coffee accompanied by no fewer than four miniature desserts, each of which deserves a paragraph of its own, but I must leave some discoveries for you to make for yourself. The service, by the chef's wife (?) - whom we later saw at the beach - was perfect; courteous, timely, discreet. We both decided that this was a meal we would remember, for the best of reasons.

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Reviewed January 20, 2012

I dined here last night with friends. I had eaten here before and the friends eat here regularly to try each new monthly menu.
The scallops carpaccio were excellent, seasoned lightly with sesame oil and finely diced green apple. The tempura langoustines were light and flavorful. I could go on and on. I had the pigeon, which was cooked perfectly and one of my friends had the turbot which he raved about.
The service is good. The wine list is a bargain, too. What's not to like!
I will be back on my next trip to Normandy.

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