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“An excellent touch of modernity” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Aromate

L'Aromate
Ranked #6 of 115 Restaurants in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dublin, Ireland
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62 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An excellent touch of modernity”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

My wife and I decided to give L'Aromate a chance on a whim. We arrived with no reservation slightly after prime dining time with no reservation. This was not a problem and we were accommodated with no fuss. The staff was more than happy to see us. We had a wonderful view of the kitchen staff at work and sat back to make our choices and enjoy the modern, but welcoming surrounds with a glass of Saumur sparkling. In terms of pricing, dining a la carte can prove more expensive than the Menu A Formule options. We were feeling opulent and opted for the 4 course option. Variety across all four was excellent and portion size did not seem to diminish based on our decision to go for the set menu. Suffice to say we were both on our way to loosening belt notches by the time cheese arrived. My wife enjoyed her dinner so much, she told the waiting staff that she wanted to kiss the chef. They duly told him. As we were sitting on the other side of the glass from him, could see him blush. I would highly recommend L'Aromate. While it is a slight meander away from the heart of Saumur, it is worth the effort. They have purposely set themselves apart from the local competition with their interior and menu choices. And I am pretty sure the maitre d' is David Bowie, if not his long lost twin.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Princeton, Illinois
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103 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fresh and innovative dining.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2014

Quaint and warm place. Nice owners. I think we were lucky to get a table. They were turning people away shortly after we sat down. The menu is unique and limited with delightful selections of fish,meat,duck, etc. nice wine list. Do not pass on dessert! Amazing desserts! If you are in Saumur, try this fabulous little restaurant. It does not disappoint!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laura M
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

This small resto is beautifully renovated in a modern style. The staff were professional and eager to please. But best of all was the food. Well designed menu offering a wide choice of prix fixe or a la carte and specials. Portion size was large and the kitchen produced some of the best fois gras, salads, mains and desert I had on the entire holiday.

Visited October 2013
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Thank M0ira54
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Very nice meal”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

42 Rue Maréchal Leclerc 49000 SAUMUR
Tél. : 02 41 51 31 45 E-mail : laromate@bbox.fr

First Impressions
The restaurant is a small modern chic and stylish place located just a short walk from the center of Saumur. The staff are very welcoming and they spoke good enough English to help my wife and I through the evening. The owner and chef is Laurent Chauvagne who, I was informed , is an outstanding French chef. He was very modest.

The Food & Service
The menu was small, simple but full of tasty surprises. We eat the following;
START - Fois Gras with mushrooms Palma Ham & a cream sauce. Smoked Salmon Salad with a basil dressing and chive crème French.
MAIN – Duck with bean sprouts, thin sliced potatoes & goat’s cheese in filo pastry spring roll with roasted new potatoes and broad beans & broccoli.
Sirloin Steak with seasonal potatoes and broccoli florets and broad beans.
DESERT – Chocolate fondant with strawberries cream & strawberry sorbet. Crème Brule
The service was very good and the waitress was very helpful. The food was very good it was well presented and full of flavour.

Overall
This restaurant was recommended to me whilst I was visiting Saumur and I was not disappointed. It was good traditional and hearty French food full of flavor and the staff were helpful and polite. There was a party here on the night we visited which added to the great atmosphere in the restaurant.

Service- 8/10
The Food- 8/10
Value for Money - 10/10. The meal cost £75.00 for 2 with a ½ bottle of wine

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank thehungrybutcher
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London
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150 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Our first visits good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

Was closed last year for hols and has obviously realised what they were missing. Well patronised by Brits. Twice visited. David and I chose the 27 euro menu which we thought was much better than the 20 euro one. First we had a bottle of Rigoletto from Domaine de la Paleine. Today we have just visited their cave and purchased 18 bottles to take home. Vins de Saumur.

Anyway we had nice fish dishes at the restaurant and good desserts. Second visit we had a nice bottle of light red wine. I would recommend this restaurant to others, a bit better that L'escargot and L'alchimiste. About 100euros.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rob D
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