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L'Essentiel

L'Essentiel Review

A nice change from the grand, overly formal hotel dining rooms that dominate Deauville, the relaxed atmosphere and sensational cuisine at this contemporary eatery have made it extremely popular. Chef Charles Thuillant, whose pedigree includes stints at two top Paris restaurants, focuses on a lighter, Asian-inspired cuisine, with Italian influences. Brimming with fresh, seasonal ingredients, the menu changes almost weekly. Dishes like braised cod with leek fondue, bottarga and kumquat confit; and spinach ravioli with kimchi and gambas shrimp in a carrot emulsion bring this talented chef's mastery to the forefront. A capacious terrace, a choice selection of excellent wines by the glass, and a bargain midday prix-fixe menu on weekdays make this the perfect place to linger.

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  • Closed Mon. and Tues.
Updated: 03-25-2013

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