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Auberge des Ruines-Jumièges [Normandy]

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Auberge des Ruines-Jumièges [Normandy]

Laidback | Sep 25, 2012 11:02 PM

For those among us interested in a country side getaway you may be pleased with this place, the Auberge des Ruins (http://www.auberge-des-ruines.fr/fr/l...). It is directly across the street from the amazing ruins of the former Benedictine abbey in Jumièges, a small village on a loop of the Seine near Rouen. Ms. L. and I visited it for an enjoyable lunch combined with a visit to the ruins and were more than pleased. The chef is only in his mid-thirties but has mastered his techniques under Marc Veyrat and is dedicated to quality products of the region and Normandy has quality products in spades. The decor is pleasant; blond wood, mirrors, fire place, many windows and a choice of about three different dining areas. Our serving staff were all pleasant young women, with a good grasp of the menu. We chose the Menu Détente at €52 which is 5 courses with 2 choices of an entrée, fish, meat, and dessert with a cheese cart as well. There are also beautiful little amuse bouches, palate cleansers and mignardises. You can see the courses on the website, but our particular favorites were the langoustine entrée and both meat dishes, the rack of lamb with unusual beet gnocchi and the pigeon roasted with a herb crust and girolles. My guess is that this same quality meal served in Paris would be at least double the cost.

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