Le Triboulet: Pleasant Gourmet Dinner near the Chateau
When we entered around 7:30pm on a cold and rainy December evening we were the only people there. The welcome was warm and we enjoyed our conversations with Madame. She was both "correct" and friendly--a nice combination. We waved at her husband in the kitchen on the way out. He was up to his elbows in butchering meat! We were seated near the fireplace. The Labrador dog was friendly, but not pushy. It was a very warm, intimate evening, full of delicious food, wine and conversation.
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Le 3 Cles *UPDATE*: A Ruffled Omlette Natur Done to Perfection!
UPDATE: The restaurant has changed hands, renovated to red banquettes and the food is nowhere near as good. So no longer recommended:(
There were several restaurants on the same street. We wandered in here after a long visit to the chateau and were not sorry. I had the pictured "omlette natur" with a small green salad. It is not a fancy place, as you can see by the placemats, but the with an acceuil chalereuse.
Favorite Dish: It WAS The "omlette natur"
Le Castelet: Great Food at the “Little Castle”
“Although he added an imposing wing to the palace of Amboise, Louis XII usually preferred to hold his court at Blois. This domain came to the Orléans family about the close of the XIVth century, when Louis, Duke of Orléans, brother of King Charles VI and grandfather of Louis XII, obtained from the crown the county of Blois in addition to his already extensive possessions.”
— from “The Châteaux of Touraine” 1906 by Maria Hornor Lansdale, and Jules Guérin
Situated in the heart of Old Blois, in a 16th century building, Le Castelet sits below the walls of the city’s château in a former barrel making shop. Hanging on the walls of the restaurant are photos from the 1920s that show the former use of the space. The proprietors are Marta and Gerard Lhomoy; their basic English may match your basic French, therefore you will get along quite well!
In the kitchen of this sweet little restaurant, Chef Andrée creates a menu from the changing fresh ingredients of the season. At such a small, provincial restaurant I was pleasantly surprised that it offers a vegetarian menu. The food is delicious.
The atmosphere is charming. It is a cozy space; only one other table was occupied when we visited at the height of the summer tourist season.
The restaurant is open everyday except Wednesday and Sunday from 12.00 to 13.45, for lunch and from 19.00 to 21.45 for dinner.
The web site is in French only.
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La Scala: Nice Italian
La Scala is a popular Italian restaurant close to the Cathedral in Blois.
Arrive early or prepare for a wait as even though the restaurant is not small, it always appeared to be busy when we visited on 3 occassions during August 2004.
Favorite Dish: Two adults and two children can eat easily for around 60euro including deserts and wine. Service is quick, if not always cheerful, and the food is solid italian fayre.
Don't miss the full size italian gondola in the second part of the restaurant, or the revolving cleaning toilets down stairs!
PUB AU BUREAU
This pub and restaurant is a good place for a drink or lunch. They have several different beers and for lunch, you can choose between pizza, pasta, sandwiches ... The interior reminded me of the Hard Rock cafe, but without the music themes of course. When the sun shines, you can sit outside on a nice terrace.
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Le Shanghai: the best Asian food in Blois, FRANCE!
A nice, family-run restaurant, tucked away on a little cockeyed side lane, near the chateau and my hotel!
Favorite Dish: Hot and sour soup, how I measure a Chinese restaurant's worth!! and Vietnamese spring rolls and seafood ravioli to DIE for! Be careful though, 'cause even though I made it clear I was the American with no chopsticks skills, when I got back to my room I found I'd be eating my soup just that way!!
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