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“A really good find … a top class restaurant in a unique location beside a castle”

Restaurant Thierry Drapeau
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Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $48 - $258
Cuisines: French, Gastropub
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 10, 2012

We decided to treat ourselves to a nice restaurant while on holiday and ended up choosing this restaurant as it was in a country-side setting rather than in a big town or city. The reviews we saw were good and we decided to give it a try. We booked Sunday lunch and drove over from our base in Les Sables d’Olonne. It was easy to find and well sign-posted on the major routes. The restaurant is in a converted building beside the chateau. We were greeted warmly by Karine (who turned out to be the wife of the chef – Thierry Drapeau) in English and in French. While one of us is French the other was delighted that the staff were able to explain the dishes in English too.
The dining room was fantastic and quite full on a Sunday afternoon which we thought was a good sign. Really high ceiling and thick old stone walls meant that even on a warm French afternoon the room was cool. After we were seated, the menu was explained to us in French and in English. Afterwards the food started to arrive. From tempting amuses-bouches to sumptuous main courses and decadent desserts the food was wonderful. While it definitely had that wow factor you get with 2 star Michelin, the food also tasted great and was interesting to eat with lots of different things to try with each course.
The staff were very attentive and knowledgeable, while not being intrusive. Karine came around for a quick chat which was really nice and we found out more about the area from her. The thing that was really fun was the fact that many of the courses were presented on old-style wooden trolleys. When you heard the wheels coming, you could not help but stare at the amazing amount of choice that was available. We had the bread trolley, the cheese trolley, and a few others as well.
After a fantastic afternoon, we finished off with a walk around the chateau – just enough to aid the digestion after such a wonderful meal. Next time we are in the area we will be back. To sum up, a wonderful experience with fantastic food in a countryside location and excellent service. Book now if you are in the area.

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Reviewed August 7, 2012

What can I say that others have not? I had a perfect lunch experience. In the last 2 months that I travelled France I had the pleasure to eat at some of the best restaurants the country has to offer. Thierry Drapeau has eclipsed them all (even Mirazur, which now is only second on my list).

The fact that a chef includes his signature dishes as part of a very well priced lunch menu says a lot about his passion to cook the best possible food for every single one of his customers.

Generosity and positive surprises all along made this meal so exceptional, together with the incredible attention to detail. The meal included so many different components, I would love to have the same menu again just to appreciate it even more. But I would also love to try out everything else coming from that kitchen. The plates on neighbouring tables that had ordered different menus looked very exciting too.

The only regret I have is that since that meal I have not enjoyed eating elsewhere much - nothing comes even close...

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Reviewed July 18, 2012

Compared to some other Michelin Star restaurants this one certainly earns it's two. Enjoyed it from the moment we entered the door, very friendly and courteous staff without being too casual, just the right balance of formality and friendliness. The food was amazing from start to finish and made all the more enjoyable by having each course explained in detail as it was served.

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