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“Magnifique!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Helianthe

L'Helianthe
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Turquant
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Visa, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Magnifique!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2012

We were just looking for a place to have lunch while driving back from Chateau de Breze towards Paris. We stopped by the lovely village of Turquant when we saw the sign of the restaurant and voilà! Great service and great food in troglodytic style, simply a wonderful way to finish our trip to the Loire Valley!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank mbriso
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Perth, Australia
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50 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Troglodyte fare fit for a King!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

Visiting all the sights along the Loire can be very hungry work, so finding somewhere where the food is "top notch" is very exciting. Helianthe is just one of those hidden gems: white-table-cloth service in a cave - and a very comfortable cave at that, and the price was good too with 4 three course meals plus aperitifs for under 100Euro!
The history of cave dwellers in this area and their current usage is a very fascinating one, but Helianthe have turned a unique venue into an excellent dining experience. The food used the best and freshest of local providence - I especially enjoyed my fresh river fish from the nearby Loire which was cooked to tender perfection. The wine list covers all the good wine regions and the service was efficient without being officious.
An excellent stop for a long lunch to compliment the extraordinary beauty of the local surroundings.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Duncan0949
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Peebles
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30 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“One of the best meals we have had”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank glentressgiant
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Forest, VA
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55 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!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 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 A_Beauceant
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Melbourne, Australia
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A restaurant to die for - quality, creativity and great value in a unique setting”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank VAS2112
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