Cafe Normandie: The French Connection

| April 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the spirit of supporting downtown Annapolis business, along with a Living Social deal, we decided to have lunch at Cafe Normandie.  This was our first visit, although we had talked about trying it on our frequent walks up and down Main Street.  My husband, Paul has happy childhood memories of crepes, most certainly coming from his French Canadian background and growing up in Vermont.

It was not crowded, and we were quickly seated at a cozy table for two.  The ambiance was very enjoyable, from the beamed ceilings and skylights, to the French café music that was set at the perfect volume.

Our server was polite and attentive.  We ordered iced teas to start and looked over the menu.  A covered breadbasket, with warm crusty French bread and rolls was served, along with flavored, whipped butter. I selected a piece of the crusty bread, which was yummy.  Paul tried both and with butter, and said he preferred the bread to the rolls.

One of the specials of the day was a lobster sandwich on toast with avocado, asparagus, lettuce and tomato, and a small salad.  Paul immediately decided on that choice. I ordered the blackened salmon that came with the vegetable of the day, green beans and carrots.  I also decided to have a salad, and requested a small side salad.  The server said that there is only one size.  We both selected the house dressing.  The salads consisted of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and mushrooms – all very fresh and delicious.  The dressing was excellent!

We loved the leisurely pace of the meal.  There was no rushing this dining experience, providing and time to relax and enjoy.  Our server refilled the teas and lunch arrived.  I was very happy with the generous portion of salmon that tasted as good as it looked. It was flaky and moist inside, and slightly crispy on top.  The veggies were good, but a little too buttery for me.

Unfortunately, the lobster sandwich didn’t meet Paul’s expectations.  Looking back, he believes he was expecting something more along the lines of a lobster roll that he remembered growing up.  He tasted my salmon and said that he would have been very happy if he had ordered it.

Since he was feeling a little unsatisfied, he decided to order a small dessert.  The menu listed a small chocolate éclair, his favorite.  But, as luck would have it, this was not meant to be.  They didn’t bake éclairs that morning!

Café Normandie is a very special restaurant and it is a treasure in downtown Annapolis.  It’s a little more expensive than we normally spend for lunch, but I will keep it in mind for special occasions.

Lunch for 2 – $50.88 plus tip.

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Lois Villemaire, originally from the Philadelphia area, has resided in Annapolis for 40 years. She retired from the AA County Office of Planning and Zoning in 2007, and subsequently worked for several years for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Now that she and her husband are retired, they both enjoy their children and grandchildren, golfing, biking, yoga, reading and exploring around Annapolis. Lois currently serves on the City of Annapolis Planning Commission.