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L'Helianthe

Rue Antoine Cristal, 49730 Turquant, Saumur, France
+33 (0)2 41 51 22 28
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Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Turquant
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Thu - Tue 12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Marly-le-Roi, France
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77 reviews 77 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

This unique setting, partly in a troglodyte partly in an extension added on to the cave portion, is delighful. The service is warm and friendly. At lunch time, I had the cod with a tagliatelle of fresh vegetables which was beautifully presented. While the sauce and veggies were delicious, I found the fish itself a bit watery. Dessert was a... More

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Chinon, France
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The food is Delicious, the staff help us to understand the menu, the atmosphere is great. The restaurant is in a cave, which make it special.

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Teddington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Fun cave setting with interesting local sculptures. Very warm friendly service yet with the professionalism one gets used to in France. Generally lovely food especially my husband's foie gras and my delicious rabbit main course which really lived up to the rustic 19 century image. Wish I had tried the 3 Loire river fish speciality - next time! Only criticism... More

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This restaurant has a very different appeal set in a "cave" type surroundings, very good service and wonderful food. We dined with some friend who also thought the whole experience was fantastic well worth a visit if in the area.

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Living in London and dining out a lot, I had high expectations about the food in the Loire valley. Overall the food was good, bordering on very good most of the time. However, it was l'helianthe that finally nailed delivering a great dinner!! My lamb shoulder with polenta was amazing. The flavour that was packed into the lamb was immense.... More

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