Snuggled discreetly at the end of strip mall in Suwanee (ITP folks, please GPS) is a wonderful French bistro known as Gourmandises.
As many Americans, we are unaccustomed to French cooking. I think primarily because of the lack of French restaurants in which we can experience this delight. I am pleased to announce that a small piece of France is now available right in our own backyard.
Gourmandises appears like any other strip mall sandwich shop until you look at the menu. I thought there was a wide variety of attractive offerings but I always defer to “the special” if offered, which happened to be a crusted grouper and opted for a side salad and lobster bisque to accompany it.
Melanie chose the KOBE burger on a baguette, also with a side salad and the lobster bisque.
I’m not sure what we expected but our expectations were certainly met and surpassed! The Lobster Bisque was so good we were wanting this recipe! Rather than a thick tomato cream, this was a rich, flavorful broth that was absolutely delicious.
My grouper was delightful. The fish was cooked perfectly, flaky and tasty, and it was a very nice sized portion especially considering this was lunch! Melanie’s KOBE burger was just super! Again, large portion for lunch and seasoned so NICE!
Gourmandises is a jewel in the rough! Yes, it is WAY out there and trust me- rely on the GPS. We could see no roadside signs, the only signage is on the building so we almost missed it.
If you are at all inclined toward French cuisine or you are just looking for some great tasting food, you HAVE to visit Gourmandises! I normally sign off with “Guten appetit”, but in this case Bon appetit!
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