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“The French Basil Fawlty”

Bistrot Les Tontons
Ranked #18 of 132 Restaurants in Saumur
Price range: $8 - $39
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Not to be mistaken for a restaurant or a brasserie! Instead, we are a cosy little bistrot (max. 25 seats) ! Enjoy simple bistrot fare freshly prepared on a daily basis, alongside quality niche wines sourced by Gerald from local producers and across France. Available for private wine tasting events. Small & large group bookings and private hire.
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Gerald is as mad as a box of frogs, but great fund and runs a really great business. This is the second time I've been there. First with a bunch of old mates on Motorbikes and this time with the wife. Great menu, good service and lovely food. We will return!
Ruth and Jeff Peyton-Bruhl

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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Bistrot Les Tontons, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Dear Jeff and Ruth

Thank you for choosing les tontons.
Hope to see you soon again (bikers, wife........)
Kind regards
Gérald Beaumont

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

After reading the reviews I booked this restaurant weeks before our trip (something I advise as it does get busy even on a week night), we found it really easily, it is located in a lovely little square with other restaurants with outdoor space and there was live music playing which really added to the ambience.
We were greeted warmly by Gerard and had fun from the word go, our children absolutely loved the evening and we all had a fantastic time.
We were given a lovely sparkling wine on arrival which after a busy days sightseeing in this beautiful area was very welcome.
I ordered the duck and garlic potatoes which literally melted in the mouth, my husband had the fish with vegetables which he thought was wonderful and we ordered the steak for our children, Gerard came out to see us and advised that as the steak was large he recommended splitting it between them and we were so glad he did, it was large and the handmade chips were gorgeous, they cleared their plates and he even brought more chips for them to polish off (these were not the bog standard frites served by everyone else, these were the type your mum made from fresh potatoes in a chip pan, heavenly!)
We had a dessert that was like a mousse but even lighter, I've never had anything like it before, it was delicious.
We took advice with the wines, and I had a delicious red from 20km away, let them guide you with wine, you will truly not be disappointed.
The bill was very reasonable and we had such a good time that we are planning to spend two nights in Saumur next year before moving on and will be eating there both nights.
The combination of excellent food, wines and friendly, helpful service makes this restaurant a must visit, we highly recommend it.
The only negative thing about our visit was that every other restaurant we visited afterwards with their mediocre fayre and indifferent service just could not compete with the lovely Bistrot Les Tontons. We can't wait for our next visit!

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1  Thank Sarah F
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LoireValleyUncorked, Owner at Bistrot Les Tontons, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2013

Dear Sarah

What a lovely comment! Thank you very much. I am always touch when clients write such sweet comment like yours. Do not worry chips are ready for your next venue!
Regards
Gerald Beaumont
Bistrot Les Tontons

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Wonderful meal in a lovely setting in a busy little square near the centre of town. Galipettes (stuffed mushrooms) were full of flavour and huge, confit duck with garlic potatoes deliciously melt in the mouth, and fromage blanc with red fruits the perfect finish. Both the owner and manager were very friendly, spoke excellent English (but still allowed us to practice our French on them) and were attentive without being overbearing. It was very busy & I would strongly recommend booking as we did. We had a really lovely evening and felt like we were experiencing proper French cuisine.

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Tasty food made with fresh ingredients and very good service. At 70 euros for a very good complete meal for two including wine, it's also good value. Loved the experience and would definitely return! Need to reserve.

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Lovely situation on a lively small square close to the centre of Saumur. We were given a glass of cremante on the house while we waited to order. Galipettes farcies ( huge stuffed mushrooms) to be recommended as a starter. Excellent advice on wines to accompany each course. Lively atmosphere and great place to sample local cuisine at its best without the pretentiousness of some French restaurants. Didn't get to speak to Gerard , who everyone else seems to mention - reckon he was having a quiet night :). Would visit again and his wine tours sound tempting.

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Thank SusanCWinchester
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