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“A delight !”

Restaurant Chez Tante Fauvette
Ranked #6 of 85 Restaurants in Saint-Omer
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
uk
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126 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“A delight !”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Thank goodness there are only 5 tables!! Due to space this little gem will not get over exercised and retain its unique quirky presence along with the good standard of cooking that the chef owner achieves; the menu is a couple of dishes per course and is cooked and served by himself. The use of local ingredients and an emphasis on regional flavours is also a plus, a good gratinee followed by a wonderful piece of cod and a good dish of beef hash under a lid of mash with a parmesan top was just what was needed on a cold night. An excellent Grand Marnier Crepe and a flavoursome Panna cotta with blackberry jelly rounded dinner off perfectly. 4 red wines chosen well and a couple of whites makes ordering a simple procedure and something some restaurants would do well to take note rather than pages of irrelevent words describing indifferent over-priced bottles! The total bill with aperitifs, a 1/2 pichet of white and bottle of red totalled 78Euro. We look forward to a rematch!!!

  • Visited October 2013
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London
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Outstanding value in a small restaurant”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We found this little restaurant in an old street just south of the cathedral. The cold, wet weather must have discouraged visitors, as we were the only customers that evening. It is a one-man operation with just 16 covers. The menu was short, three items for each course. First a truly excellent seafood and fish gratin. Then pork cooked in buttermilk, and a haddock steak, both served with a huge selection of local vegetables. There was only one white wine other than the house wines, an organic Muscadet, La Bohème 2011, which was a perfect accompaniment. Then a local cheese and a delicious dessert. The cooking was accomplished, the service friendly. We paid 70 Euros for the two of us, and thought this was outstanding value. Our host deserves a bigger audience than he had that night.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank John1944
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Quirky, Intimate, and truly delicious food with excellent service.”
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We tried this place out as it was number 1. And deservedly so. The trick is first getting a table. It is only small so you need to reserve. While we were there the proprieter had to turn away several people as he was full that night. Second finding it. It is a bit off the beaten tourist trail but that just adds to the place. It keeps it French!
The food is a simple selection of rustic home cooking, just like mother used to cook. Using local fresh produce, skillfully and simply cooked. We spoke about it to the patron and he said it was what he was able to find from the market.
The service was attentive and charming. I gather the Patron runs the place on his own, but he always had time to speak with everyone.
The decor in the place, just wish I had taken some pics. It was something else. Not your bland sterile tourist place. This was the real deal France. Loved the touch of serving the menus in the middle of vintage newspapers!
My food allergy was catered for well. No problem cooking off my special breads. And this place while not cheap, was excellent value. And the perfect way to end a special birthday weekend.
If we are in town again we will try and book a table.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank WILLIAM1066
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Woking, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“What a truly excellent French meal by the most friendliest chef/waiter/owner we have ever met.”
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

We came to this little gem of a restaurant to celebrate my 50th birthday on a golfing weekend. We were completely bowled over by Olivier's excellent hospitality and cooking. We shall be back, this time with our wives!! It was an unique experience as there weren't many tables as the room was small and cosy. Small is beautiful, you get plenty of attention from the very entertaining Olivier.

  • Visited September 2013
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A Gem near the Cathedral”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

Delightful, retro, cosy restaurant. Delicious, simple menu, made all the better for having Steely Dan and Jaco Pastorius playing quietly on the sound system. The charming owner, who is chef, waiter and washer-upper has really good English but allowed me to try out my French on him. Only 16 covers and only open at the end of the week so make sure you book.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank Dave J
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