We first saw le Nonan'T while walking to the edge of downtown Bayeux around lunch time. It looked like there was nobody inside so we thought, "Better keep looking." The building's facade is uninspiring. At night, after reading positive reviews, we decided to give it a try. One of the best decisions of our trip.
The host/server seated us, and we ordered a bottle of pear cider. He dropped off a bowl of peanuts, which set the tone for going above and beyond. We ordered one entree-plat-dessert menu and one a la carte meal of two entrees and a dessert. It was refreshing to have a shorter menu (clearly changes often). Instead emulating restaurants that try to cover too much ground and fall short, le Nonan'T focuses on doing a few things very well at an affordable price. There are automated English translations on the menu, but we spoke French. A good sign that they are open to the town's tourist lifeblood.
Between the two of us, we had scallops, fish, seasonal squash soup and a chicken dish with sun dried tomatoes. The presentation was such that even I, a person who doesn't mind a cheap all-you-can-eat buffet, noticed it and found that it added to my dining experience. Our carafe d'eau was regularly refilled without our asking, a pleasant surprise in France. After a surprising poprocks-laced dessert, I was going to order some calvados, a digestif to end our time in Normandy. Before I could open my mouth, the server who must have read my mind delivered two small complimentary glasses of the famous apple brandy.
When we first arrived, we were one of two tables, both of Americans. We like our early dinners. As our meal progressed, I observed the host greeting people by first name as they entered, clearly families that regularly enjoy the restaurant.
It is difficult to find a non-touristy restaurant in Bayeux given its historical significance and proximity to the D-Day beaches. Le Nonan'T is a great pick for good Normand food with a modest budget and an unpretentious atmosphere.
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