Les Deux Maisons

We’ve been dining at Les Deux Maisons regularly now for over a decade, and have never been disappointed. It’s always a hit with visiting friends and family, the menu constantly changes, the prices are very reasonable (you can eat three courses for just over 30 euro) and it’s literally a stone’s throw from our house.

When we first moved here they had a Michelin star. A few years later they lost it, which I don’t think is any reflection of the quality of the dishes. They changed a few staff and there are still occasional hiccoughs and hesitations in service, so that may account for it. Over the years chef Demartin has gradually moved away from the more classical French dishes towards something a little more modern and experimental, but without forgetting his roots.

We chose the three course menu and received this amuse-bouche of salmon, spring onion and quail egg.

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My starter was a courgette flower stuffed with rataouille, squid, asparagus and a fish soup reduction. Surprisingly strong flavours.

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My main was sweetbreads with cep mushrooms and a mascarpone risotto. I was never keen on the idea of sweetbreads but this dish, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, with a deliciously creamy risotto, was very pleasant in a moreish, comfort food kind of way.

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My wife had duck breast with raspberry sauce and courgette tempura.

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And Mum and Dad chose perch, scampi lasanga and leek.

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For dessert we all agreed on the roast pear, salted caramel ice cream and candy floss.

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I imagine we’ll be frequenting this place as long as we live in the area, but even if you don’t, it’s worth the trip.