Friday, June 25, 2010

Cafe De St Malo

There's a backload of Europe restaurant reviews, and certainly I'm not going to blog about all, because, in truth some of them I've really forgetten what they taste like, and when that happens it probably means the food's just average, and well perhaps it doesn't make much sense for me to blog about something just average.
I mean, if that's the case I could tell you about my KFC that night after a night out in London's Notting hill (opposite the notting hill arts club), but that wouldn't do it justice. the chicken was really nice, by the way.


Here's Cafe de St Malo, located in, st malo, no prizes for guessing, at the entrance of the Walled City (Intra muros) of St Malo. St Malo's a touristy town in Brittany, in the Northwest of France, where all the oysters are caught. The oysters here were selling for about 4 euros for a dozen, so you can imagine how awesome that must have been. So here's seafood city, and of course, Cafe De St Malo offers seafood, seafood, and more seafood. They had different varieties of their Plateau de Fruits de mer, which is really, seafood platter in French, but the French love their courses, and so often for lunch the "set menu" consisting of a starter, main, and dessert is usually offered, and it's called le "menu". This is, as opposed to Germany, or Austria, where such a concept is quite alien to them - they just have one course which is really so filling that you can't really have much else. But back to the menu, usually you can't choose that many things for the menu (in other Parisian restaurants), but for this one you can, i mean, they offered us quite alot of choices. So here goes.

Well, being in seafood town means eating seafood; so my friends had a famous seafood dish, "Soup de Poissons", which is basically fish soup, but it's done in such a way that all the goodness of the fish is extracted out into the soup to form a really flavourful, fish-based soup with all the nice seafood flavours. Recipes can be found online - apparently it's a Provencial soup (from Provence, south of France), and it's very similar to bouillabaisse, with saffron, white wine, etc, and it's served with croutons and gruyere cheese. Well, this one was served similarly, and it was pretty good! Very very good. I had a sip of my friend's soup and regretted not ordering it as I was sick that day and hot soup would have done much good. It was very flavourful, probably the best soup de poissons we ate. (yes we ate at two other places the same soup, which weren't as good).



For my starter though I chose the assorted seafood platter, which came with bulots (snails), which were, okay, ugh, much like eating chut chut, very nice, sweet prawns, Cancale oysters, which were pretty alright if a bit salty, and they had a special oyster which was a supplement of 1 euro, which tasted pretty much better than the ordinary oysters in that it had a more complex taste, and a longer finish. And of course, langostines - which is something very wonderful to eat because the meat's very sweet, sweeter than a prawn, and it's much easier to eat due to its thin skin. There were crab legs too, which had roe. yums. (8/10)



For my main, I ordered assorted fish on "cabbage", which turned out to be Sauerkraut. The fish was fine, salmon, haddock, and all, but I didn't care much for their version of sauerkraut, which should have been named sour-krat, it was that sour. too much vinegar! But the fish was fresh, I guess.... (6.5/10)



Dessert was Creme Brulee, which was pretty good, actually. a decent rendition. (7/10)



Pretty decent meal at Cafe de st malo!

Cafe De St Malo
St Malo (at the entrance)

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