The Normandy: Spend Your Evening in France
The Normandy takes the cherished expression “wining and dining” to a whole new level. The elegant fine dining restaurant is located at 17th & Van Dorn St. in Lincoln’s charming Indian Village neighborhood. It’s safe to say that The Normandy has certainly captured the attention of our community in the Lincoln dining scene. The Normandy has set themselves apart with their exceptional venue for French cuisine. The restaurant offers the ambience and character of France combined with your favorite French dishes and an extensive wine list.
We recently dined at The Normandy, and we have nothing but amazing things to say about all aspects of the restaurant. Manager Walker Dimon took care of our group and gave us a dining experience unlike any other. He was exceptionally informative of the menu and gave our table his superb recommendations. Our group consisted of a combination of “first timers” and more seasoned tasters of the French cuisine. The extensive menu gave us the opportunity to be able to experience new items for the first time, and really enjoy them!
For appetizers we started off with the Moules, Green Beans Amandine, Ratatouille, Soup du Jour, Fromage Plate and Foie Gras Canapes. Among our favorites was the Soup du Jour, which was Cream of Leek and Potato soup, the Mussels, and the Green Beans Amandine, which were sautéed green beans with butter and sliced almonds. So tasty!
For the main course we ordered Le Chicken a la Creme, Le Salmon, Le Lobster, Le Filet Mignon, Les Scallops, and Le Lamb. If this sounds like a LOT of incredibly delicious food, then we’re describing it accurately! Everything is made fresh at The Normandy. As far as our favorites, our group was divided between Le Filet Mignon, Le Lamb and Le Lobster. Amazing!
One would imagine we would have been good and full by now. However, the dessert was next and we definitely could not say no! We sampled one of each on the desert menu – the Crème Brulée, Mousse au Chocolat, Fondant au Chocolat, and Tartelette au Citron. The desserts can be described as clever as well as delicious. The Tartelette au Citron, a light, bright citron pastry topped by strawberries and raspberries, was one of our clear favorites! If there’s any way you are able to show moderation with the rest of your meal and save some room for dessert, it’s absolutely worth it!
The tempo of the meal is just right, as courses march out in perfect timing, with just long enough to relax a bit between. We got a taste of their new menu (with more upscale delicious menu options) and are already looking forward to our next visit; whether it be for a romantic date night, dinner with friends and family, or inviting our amazing clients, this place does not fall short of wonderful.
While the food here gets rave reviews from us across the board, it takes more than great fare to make the cut as a top establishment. Everything about the ambiance of The Normandy adds to the dining experience itself; soft lighting, relaxing French music that isn’t too loud or bothersome, spacious room, wait staff who are extremely attentive, and the smells are incredible!
This restaurant offers patrons a style that is hard to find these days. It isn’t ultra-swanky, such as the over-the-top spots that show off the latest in glitzy high-end furnishings. White tablecloth simplicity and subtle yet lovely decor have a different sophistication, the result of people who take pride in their mission and never stop trying to please their patrons.
We highly recommend The Normandy as our expectations were exceeded in every way possible—our meal was nothing short of amazing and our visit was time well spent.