Capping a 16 day vacation on the Monterey Peninsula, revolving primarily in the quaint town of Pacific Grove, my wife Judith and I decided to try Le Normandie for dinner! After making reservations the evening before (highly recommended even during the week), we were warmly greeted by the hostess, Marie Christine, who, incidentally, co-owns this lovely restaurant with her husband, Francis. Francis serves as the Chef, and he begins his meticulous preparation of the day's culinary delights at 7:00 AM--everything on the menu is prepared fresh daily! Judith and I were cheerfully seated at a corner table decorated with a "cobalt blue" tablecloth embellished with a simple white vase filled with fresh yellow daffodils! We had been intrigued by their "prix fixe" menu offered on Tue/Wed evenings
offering 2-4 special entrees which included either your choice of soup or salad along with a glass of wine for $18.95! (...we had discovered this on one of our daily walks in Pacific Grove.)
After mulling over the offerings of Roast Chicken, Pork Loin, Chicken Coq au Vin, Shrimp Creole, and Shepherd's Pie, we opted for the Shrimp Creole and Shepherd's Pie!
Marie Christine brought each of us a substantial glass of crisp Riesling, once we explained our penchant for less dry wines, along with a basket of "straight from the oven" French bread that melted in our mouths-crusty on the outside, yet ever so soft on the inside! I had selected the French Onion Soup which was delectably flavorful, while the accompanying crostini and cheese did not stick to the crock! Judith's Tomato Zucchini soup was equally savory with it's creamy texture! Of course, Marie Christine, without being beckoned, brought another basket of the heavenly bread to our table!
Judith's Shrimp creole was delightful; 7-8 large prawns served with penne pasta and andouille sausage in a savory red creole sauce while my Shepherd's Pie proved to be the perfect "comfort food" I had been seeking-prepared with ground beef tips, velvety potatoes,
smoked bacon, pearly onions, and topped with grated cheese accompanied by fresh carrots and asparagus spears! We enjoyed our dinners immensely--portions were generous and presentation wonderful! As we dined, we enjoyed the live guitar music in the background--subtle, not overpowering, yet a delightful addition to the overall ambience of this elegant, yet
unpretentious Country French restaurant!
Marie Christine's lovely daughter-in-law, Natasha, heartily endorsed our dessert choice of
the freshly baked Apricot Pie as she served us along with freshly brewed coffee! The apricots were succulent, but not overly sweet, and the pie crust was buttery and very flaky--the perfect end to our delightful dining experience! We cannot endorse this entire restaurant experience enough, except to state that we have already booked our lovely Victorian Lodging in Pacific Grove for another 16 day return vacation in October, when we plan to dine at Le Normandie at least twice! Bon Appetit, Everyone--You will not be disappointed!!!
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