It's some time since we visited Madame Flochon's place for lunch, but I still have a vivid memory of a fine meal in a very congenial setting. If you were to eat every day for a month in a different creperie/pizzeria in Dinan - and there are plenty of them - I'm convinced you would find it difficult to distinguish one from the other when you looked back on the experience. La Popotte de Flochon, on the other hand, stands out from the crowd.
When we visited to book, Madame Flochon spoke about her enthusiasm and passion for good food - words which you hear frequently in the context of restaurants, but which are rarely backed up by the food served. When we came back to eat, we discovered that her words were not an empty mantra. Her formula is uncomplicated: simple starters, then one basic dish which is then split into meat and vegetarian options. In our case, the main course was a delicious, beautifully flavoured vegetable stew, to which veal had been added to form a separate non-vegetarian option. I had the non-veggie option. The veal was tender and moist. The principal flavours of the dish were North African - cumin, cayenne, turmeric, perhaps coriander too. Authentic, home-made food and different class from the formula-based food that is so prevalent elsewhere.
I couldn't manage dessert, but tasted my son's chocolate cake. Right up there with any dessert I've ever had in a restaurant.
And, of course, Madame Flochon, whose personality is stamped on the food and the ambience. She was welcoming, friendly and, above all, both interesting and interested.
Lunch for 6, with wine and beer, was almost ridiculously inexpensive. You should increase your prices a bit, Madame, if only to ensure your ongoing viability.
This is what eating out should be about, and too often isn't.
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