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“One of the best meals we have had”
Review of L'Helianthe

L'Helianthe
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Turquant
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Peebles
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“One of the best meals we have had”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

This restaurant was so good we went back a second time to try out other things on the menu. On our first visit, my wife had rillettes of fish, duck then hazelnut meringue: I had ham and globe artichoke mousse, fish soup followed by mille-feu of rice pudding with creme brulee. All washed down by red wine and water. The service was friendly and helpful and it was interesting to eat in a troglodyte building as well as one with a bit of history related to Antoine Cristal, wine grower and visionary.

  • Visited April 2012
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Forest, VA
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“"The Sunflower" is the #1 local favorite of our hosts, and we learned why!”
Reviewed November 20, 2011

Just over a mile from the summer home of our British friends, L'Helianthe is their very favorite restaurant in the area. It is located in the in the lovely village of Turquant, just south of Saumur, and along the Loire. Characteristic of the entire region, L'Helianthe is set partly in the cliffside. The cave-like interior only adds to the incredible charm of this place. The food and service were impeccable. Be sure not to miss the artisan workshops nearby; also cave-like and built into the cliffside.

  • Visited July 2011
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A restaurant to die for - quality, creativity and great value in a unique setting”
Reviewed June 17, 2011

This restaurant is one of the best we have ever been to and we're both in our 60's and have eaten out and travelled extensively. The quality and freshness of the food and its presentation is unsurpassed. It does without doubt put expensive fine dining restaurants to shame. For around 30-35 euros per person it is excellent value and its wine list is also extremely reasonable. We live in Australia and endeavoured to encourage the owner and chef to open a restaurant in Melbourne - needless to say they have family commitments! We hope it is still there when we visit the Loire next time.

Its setting is also unique as it is located in a troglodytic cave - there is however nothing troglodytic about the food.

  • Visited May 2011
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Crewkerne, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Great meal in a novel restaurant with excellent service”
Reviewed September 28, 2010

A pleasant surprise, only 10 minutes walk from our hotel.

Elegant, interesting and very tasty food in a cave restaurant manned by friendly staff. Not sure what more you could ask!

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Thank Dunsham
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