Situated just behind the stunningly beautiful train station in the centre of Tours, this outstanding local restaurant is a real find.
The food is local, mainly fish from the Loire, but also other local dishes which have often long been forgotten. The cooking is without additives, using only the finest ingredients especially butter and cream. It is not slimming!
My husband started with 3 whites of coquilles st. jacques sauteed with leeks, cream and noilly prat.
As a main course, I chose the traditional dish of ris de veau, kidneys and mushrooms sauteed in a wonderful cream sauce. Both dishes were really outstanding!
The accompanying wines were from local wineries who deliver direct to the restaurant and are all "artisan" wines. We had an outstanding Sauvignon blanc and a wonderful Chenin blanc. The Loire Valley seems to excel in white wines with an out-of-the ordinary flavour. The flavour of the Terroir!
The owner himself welcomes all who come and often serves. He is genuinely interested in your opinion, and always available to change slightly the dish to accommodate special requests.
The restaurant itself is decorated with the paintings done by his father of the birds and fish of the Loire. There are various eel nets and other fish nets and hooks straddling the ceiling and the walls. The chairs and tables are comfortable but basic.
The most gourmet menu is in the region of 25€ however one can also eat gourmet meals with the menu of 19€ although the choice is more limited.
It is always adviseable to book. Lunchtimes especially are very busy. Parking is difficult.
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