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L'Helianthe

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Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
+33 (0)2 41 51 22 28
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Wednesday
Closed
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Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
very pleasant dinner but not open Wednesdays

Food was very good, very pleasant atmosphere, set in a cave too, you need to book. The restaurant is in the township of Turquant, within walking distance from the accommodation.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Liz M
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Melbourne, Australia
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Food was very good, very pleasant atmosphere, set in a cave too, you need to book. The restaurant is in the township of Turquant, within walking distance from the accommodation.

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Canton, Georgia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is the restaurant in France that convinced me if it’s described as gastronomic, then think long and hard, and study the menu before you ever go. Gastronomic apparently has nothing to do with fresh food that is well prepared. It’s a buzz word for food so strange that it will show up on Iron Chef. The building itself is... More 

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bonn
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184 reviews 184 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We came here at the recommendation of the owner of the chateau where we had just bought some wine. The parti pris here is old fashioned vegetables such as jerusalem artichoke (helianthe), which are used in the cooking here. We had at least 3 veggies which we have never eaten anywhere else and could not tell you the name of... More 

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Winsford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

L'Helianthe is situated a short but uphill walk from the centre of Turquant. It's a troglodyte building with a fairly normal frontage but most of the restaurant is set into the rock face. For this type of building it's quite spacious and airy but of course there are no tables with a view! Don't let this put you off as... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A bit middle England. Great food and service - a tourist "find". My pork cheeks were sublime. The lamb shank was equally good.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

My daughter and I were there on Sep15 for lunch. Turquant It's a wonderful artsy village with an absolute gem of a restaurant. I would fly from Australia to France just to eat here again it was that good. Rose was wonderful too.Service great and friendly with good English .It was a sleepy Monday with only about 10 diners so... More 

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Roma, Italia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We decided to have a dinner in a "cave" restaurant, which I've learned are quite typical in the Saumur area. I admit I was slightly afraid that it could have been the typical tourist trap. After the dinner I was glad I was wrong. The restaurant is not the easiest one to find, as it's located in a small alley,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Me and my boyfriend had an amazing meal here in August 14. The staff were so accomodating in spite of our lack of French speaking. The food was fantastic and we each had 3 courses plus cheese, coffee, wine and service for less than €120. The location is just lovely too. We are still talking about how great it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We stopped here in this charming village for a browse through the many artist shops and lunch. It was a complete surprise. Well presented, beautifully cooked and with an excellent attention to a balance of flavours. The price was good at 15 euros for a main course. Service was pleasant and efficient.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

French cooking at it's best. Very clever use of vegetables and meats produced with a real understanding of how traditional flavours work. A varied wine cellar with prices that didn't shock delivered by efficient staff that made us feel at home. We've dined in Michelin Stared Restaurants that quite simply couldn't deliver this standard. Good value for money, making us... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
  • Location: Europe  >  France  >  Pays de la Loire  >  Maine et Loire  >  Saumur  >  Turquant
  • Phone Number: +33 (0)2 41 51 22 28
Open Hours
Sunday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm

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