Grain Noir

Le Grain Noir (Saint-Malo)

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Tucked away in an alley that previously had a bad reputation, Le Grain Noir isn’t yet done electrifying the Saint Malo galette scene! In this small spot with a black façade (cushioned benches, wooden tables, industrial lamps, whitewashed stone walls), the Marie Traup and Romain Diop duo take good care of their prime ingredient: organic Petit Prussien buckwheat flour from the Moulin de Bertaud in Bain-de-Bretagne. They use it to produce addictive galettes which are tender in the center, crispy around the edges and filled with carefully sourced ingredients: organic pork from Nicolas Lefebvre in Quévert, andouille from Karandou in Dinan, raw milk Emmental from Hugues Pouilloux… Obviously, with such a cast it’s impossible not to succumb to the admirable ham, egg and cheese galette, or the tempting Langouille (pork tongue that’s seasoned and smoked like in Quévert), or the house’s major hit combining smoked trout, goat cheese and crisp vegetables, or even the ultra-attractive dessert crepes topped with butter and sugar, organic honey or farm-fresh whipped cream. // S.L.

FEELING THIRSTY? 100% local: apple juice from the Rocheraie farm (€3.80 a bowl), great ciders (Coat Albret at €3.50 a bowl, Clohars-Carnoët at €13.50 a bottle, etc.) and “favorites” at €16 a bottle, or Kirio lager from the Brasserie Kerampont in Lannion (€6 for 330 ml).

PRICE: Galettes €3.50 to €12.90, crepes €3.20 to €8.50, galettes and crepes of the day €10-15.

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