When I told a French friend of mine that I was heading to Mont Saint Michel for the weekend, he told me I must try the omelette from La Mère Poulard, the Mont’s most famous restaurant. I’m not a huge fan of French food but the Frenchies sure do know how to make a mean omelette, so I was interested to see what made Madame Poulard’s omelette so special.
Unfortunately, the only special thing about the omelette is the price which comes in at a staggering 45 euros or more. The omelette itself is quite unusual. The egg mixture is beaten ferociously and then cooked over an open fire. The end result is a big fluffy omelette which is almost like a soufflé. It was very rich and not particularly good.
You can get your omelette with mushrooms, smoked salmon or one of a few other accompaniments. I had the bland mushrooms with mine.
The salmon omelette looked slightly more appealing but you’d think you get a little more fish when you consider the price you’re paying.
The hostile service you get at Mère Poulard reinforces the fact you’ve fallen for a tourist trap.
Just in case you missed it, here’s a summary of what you get for almost 50 euros:
- over hyped food
- over priced food
- nasty service
Are there other options on Mont Saint Michel? Yes, you can get over hyped food, over priced food and nasty service from other restaurants but at least you’ll pay less for the privilege.
I can’t believe a Frenchie would recommend this place, I certainly don’t. If you want a good meal when visiting the Mont, take the time to drive 50kms to Saint Malo where you can eat well for a quarter of the price.