Because the holiday season was not yet fully underway during my recent trip to Trouville-Deauville, it seemed as though most of the shops and restaurants were closed when I arrived on a Monday afternoon. As I got closer to the weekend, more shutters were folded back and more options were available. One of those was a tiny, informal restaurant within view of the ocean. Les Affiches (layz a-feesh) means “the posters” (6 rue de Paris, Trouville) and its unprepossessing décor was some dog-eared posters.
There were seats for about twenty-five guests and I was lucky enough to snag one for lunch. I had probably the most delicious appetizer of my life – a mixture of tomatoes and melons, with chèvre “ice-cream” – followed by a delicious white fish. There is no fixed menu; it’s all based on what’s in the market. It was an exceptional lunch. When I walked by Les Affiches during the dinner hour, they had a sign out announcing that they were fully booked. I’m not surprised.