10710 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD 20854
Funny thing, Normandie Farm is the closest restaurant to my house, 1.4 miles to be exact, and in my thirteen years here I’d never eaten there.
Normandie Farm is on a bend in Falls right past Falls Rd. Golf course and across the street from the prestigious Bullis Private School. It is Potomac at it’s stereotype-confirming best. Tuition there is more than out-of-state tuition at UMD (including room & board).
The restaurant is old-school with plenty of outdoor space for banquets and lots of currently under-used indoor space due to the pandemic.
As our son is leaving for UMD next we thought we’d go as a family and try it out. Below are some of the dishes we tried and my thoughts on them.
We started out with the Clams Casino. Lots of garlic butter and herbed bread-crumbs.The Calamari was perfectly done and served with a Sauce Louie.
My son had the Crab Imperial after being warned that the crabcake wasn't worth it for an afficionado. The Imperial was definitely a hit. Huge lumps of crab in a creamy Imperial sauce. They also served it with a side of Bearnaise that was ok, but not great.
Cheryl had the special which was a Chilean Sea Bass with capers and brown butter sauce. She really enjoyed it.
My entree was the Veal Oscar. Same Crab Imperial as on my son's entree. Very tasty. The asparagus was done nicely, as was the veal. The Broccolini was too hard to eat, but the garlicky riced potatoes made up for that.
Cheryl had the creme brulee'. The custard was spot-on, however, they really phoned-in the caramelized sugar on this one. It seemed like they'd caramelized a bunch of sugar ahead of time and then cracked it up and sprinkled it on.
Not pictured is my chocolate truffle cake. I couldn't get a shot becausae we were eating outside and it was getting dark. It was sublime. Definitely one of the better ones I've had.So, is the juice worth the squeeze at Normandie Farm? If you want ot get a flavor of old-Potomac, absolutely. Great setting, nice band, passable food, but very expensive.Best of luck and stay healthy folks.