Places to eat in Pays de la Loire

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    L'Ecluse: Great pizzeria on the run Ecluse St Nicolas dRedon

    by gwened Written May 9, 2015

    Wandering on the roads of France we stumbled upon this restaurant as lunch time approaches and was walking on the dike on the Vilaine river that puts Redon and on the other side Saint-Nicolas de Redon. Putting Redon in Ille-et-Vilaine dept 35 Brittany and Saint-Nicolas de Redon in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 of Pays de la Loire. So we arrive at the L'écluse or levy

    So rather than walk back into city center Redon, we decided to eat here, and as usual with our instincts it turn out very nice.

    This is a remodeled restaurant with nice posters of Paris and the river scene here and there, brownish red color decoration. The layout is like a home, you entered by the counter bar area and passing there are more seats but if you turn right there is stepup upper level with tables and a large glass screen overlooking the dike on the river and the boats. there is ,also an upper level.

    The service was courteous ,fast and on quick demand all was brought to the table. There was a holiday so lots of families with reservations were coming in until full. Really a nice local place away from the hussle city center.

    Favorite Dish: We had our aperitifs or apéros with porto red, piña colada, whisky cola , l’ecluse house special of fruits no alcohol and cocktail alexis with rosé wine and lemon. Then we went with the tagliatelles with goat cheeses for two, calzone of ham and cheese, and pizzas of Indienne, Royale (beef for me), we had a lyonnaise house rosé wine bottle and then desserts were bounty (coconut ice cream and choco syrup), banana split, peach melba, pears belle helene, and caraibe coffee with vodka. We left paying at the counter for 28 ,20 euros per person.

    arriving to the l'��cluse the main entrance of l'��cluse dining room across from us the fancy menu of l'��cluse
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    Le Vieux Logis: local traditional guérande

    by gwened Updated Nov 11, 2014

    great ambiance medieval and friendly service; i have collègues from work who live here and recommended this restaurant, so we try and as usual from gourmand to gourmand it is very good.

    It is decorated in a 17C theme with great chimneys in wood in front of you. They do the best grill meats that are superb. Of course they have menu du jour at mid day.
    Ambiance is warm friendly nice, old country and right in the old section inside the intra muros. It has terrace and garden.

    hours are from 12h-14h30, and 19h-22h every day (off season closed mondays and Tuesdays as well as sundays evenings. Closed for 15 days between in June and 15 days in November. Menus from 16,80€ to 45€

    Favorite Dish: nothing better than a good entrecôte on the grill with Pepper sauce, and green beans and bake potatoes. all wash down with a nice Loire red wine, expresso coffee should do it.

    Le Vieux Logis dining room terrace back of resto
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    Café du Coin: Nice sunny place for lunch in Saumur

    by Jefie Updated Aug 1, 2014

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    We wanted to have lunch in downtown Saumur before heading back to the train station to catch our train. It was still a bit early (11:00 am) and I'll always remember the puzzled look the waitress gave me when I asked her if it was too early for dinner! (I meant to ask her if it was too early for lunch.) The "plat du jour" wasn't ready yet, but she said we could order anything else we wanted so I went for the curry chicken salad while Sylvain ordered an omelette. My fresh and tasty salad was beyond delicious! It also helps that I got to enjoy this early lunch on the sunny sidewalk terrace with a nice glass of prosecco :o) This is a place I would definitely recommend for lunch in Saumur.

    Curry chicken salad at the Caf�� du Coin Smiling with glass of bubbly prosecco Sylvain's omelette at the Caf�� du Coin
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    Brasserie Au Bilange: Casual atmosphere and fun location in Saumur

    by Jefie Updated Aug 1, 2014

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    We were looking for a nice place where we could enjoy a fun celebratory dinner after having completed our 300-km bike ride through the Loire Valley. The first place we sat at, called "Brasserie de la Bourse", had a nice terrace, but the menu turned out to be not very interesting and the waiter was kind of rude so we just got up and left without ordering anything. We walked a bit further down the street and spotted La Brasserie au Bilange, which also had a nice terrace, a menu that offered more options and a waiter that was much more agreeable so that's where we decided to spend the evening! The creamy chicken dish I ordered was simple but quite tasty, and I very much enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. There was a sports bar next door where people were watching the FIFA world cup, so it was definitely lively but not too loud. I also enjoyed how the terrace was set up on the square so that while we were able to watch people go by we were far enough from the street not to be bothered by cars. Not a bad choice for a fun dinner in Saumur!

    Brasserie Au Bilange in Saumur, France Sylvain ready to enjoy our celebratory dinner! My tasty dinner at Brasserie Au Bilange
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    Salon de thé: Try another local specialty in Fontevraud

    by Jefie Written Jul 30, 2014

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    This little cafe (it's called a tea room, but it looks more like a cafe) features a Tourraine specialty on its menu called "fouées". This little square bread looks a bit like a blown-up pita bread, so you can stuff it like a sandwich. Ours were served with a plate of cheese, rillettes, creamy mushrooms, salad and baked apple slices. So it was a bit like making our own tapas, and a fouée stuffed with apple slices and goat cheese makes for the perfect dessert! This delicious dish was served with a glass of local wine or cider for only 10.90 Euros (and you can ask for fouées refills). Given its location right across the street from the abbey, the place receives a lot of tour buses and service was a bit slow so make sure you're not in a hurry or else enjoy this moment spent in the shadow of the majestic Fontevraud Abbey!

    Thoroughly enjoying my lunch in Fontevraud-l'Abbay Salon de th�� in Fontevraud-l'Abbaye
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    Jeanne de France: Loved this "tourist trap" in Chinon

    by Jefie Written Jul 29, 2014

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    I first spotted this restaurant during our little stroll around town. I could tell that this was the sort of place that typically caters to tourists: its location on Place du Général de Gaulle was great, the menu was varied (they specialize in oven-baked pizza) and prices seemed reasonable - it seemed perfect for tourists like us! We sat at a table on the sidewalk terrace (it's also possible to sit across the street right on the square) and we very much enjoyed the atmosphere of the place. The food was simple but good, service was efficient and friendly, so it all made for a very enjoyable meal. We ate at better restaurants during the trip and I'm sure you could find a better one in Chinon, but for people looking for a pleasant, unpretentious dinner, this is a good place to go. Kids are welcome too!

    Oven-baked pizza at Jeanne de France in Chinon Yummy dessert at Jeanne de France in Chinon Jeanne de France Pizzeria in Chinon
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    Le Clos d'Ussé: A fancier but still casual place in Ussé

    by Jefie Written Jul 27, 2014

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    As we were about to leave Ussé and bike our way over to Chinon, I found myself with a bit of a sweet spot to be filled so we decided to grab some dessert out on the lovely terrace of this restaurant. I was immediately taken with the surprisingly casual atmosphere of the place - I say surprisingly, because you could have expected the staff of this very charming inn not to greet two cyclists only wanting to order some crepes in such a warm and friendly manner, but we were immediately shown to a table and the waitress brought us the dessert card from which I selected a simple but yummy chestnut crepe. It was perhaps a bit on the small side, but then again maybe I was just hungry after having biked all morning long :op So of course, I can't comment on this restaurant as a whole other than to say that it seems to specialize in traditional Tourraine dishes, but as far as crepes go, this was a pretty good one!

    At the Clos d'Uss�� in Rigny-Uss��, France Chestnut crepe at the Clos d'Uss��
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    Les Terrasses d'Ussé: Grab a quick lunch next to Ussé Castle

    by Jefie Written Jul 27, 2014

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    We found this little spot right across the street from the Château d'Ussé and thought it would be a good place to stop for lunch while enjoying its lovely setting and admiring the fantastic view it offered of the castle. The menu featured a variety of light meals like quiches and sandwiches all very reasonably priced. It's more like a snack bar than a full-blown restaurant but the food was not bad at all and service was fast (I could actually see one of the waitresses running every time she stepped out of the kitchen!) but friendly at the same time. I'm guessing that's the kind of place that is used to handling tourist buses since there aren't many restaurants around. So if you want something a bit more fancy, I suggest you make your way down the main street to the village, but if you're only looking for a place where you can grab a quick, good meal before of after you visit to the castle, then I'd say Les Terrasses d'Ussé is a really good option, especially on a nice sunny day!

    Lunch time at Les Terrasses d'Uss�� My leek and spinach quiche Enjoying lunch time at the little snack bar
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    Relais de la Salamandre: A nice patio in Azay-le-Rideau

    by Jefie Written Jul 26, 2014

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    This place is very poorly rated on most websites so I can only assume there are better restaurants in Azay-le-Rideau, but for my part I really enjoyed my dinner at Le Relais de la Salamandre. We did take a look around before picking this place, but this was the one with the nicest setting (the outdoor patio is great!), and the most tempting menu. I ordered a calzone, but ended up switching my plate with Sylvain who had ordered the daily special (country ham and mashed potatoes). It was simple but very tasty, just what I needed after a good day of cycling through the countryside :o) And for the record, Sylvain also really liked the calzone so he didn't lose out. The atmosphere out on the patio was quite pleasant, we had a fun chat with the British couple sitting at the table next to us with their dog Gonzo, the cutest little pug you can imagine!

    Country ham & mashed potatoes at La Salamandre Ready to enjoy dinner on the patio! Relais de la Salamandre in Azay-le-Rideau
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    Le Colombien: Traditional French food close to Villandry Castle

    by Jefie Updated Jul 25, 2014

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    We spotted this historic inn as we were approaching the castle of Villandy and, as it was getting close to lunch time, we thought we'd better stop and eat. There were a few other restaurants around, but this one featured "hachis parmentier" on its daily menu, a traditional French dish you don't get in many restaurants. So we took a seat inside the casual bistro section of Le Colombier (the inn also has a fancier restaurant) and were immediately taken with the cosy, relaxing atmosphere of the place. I ordered the "hachis parmentier" (similar to a shepherd's pie but without corn) and it was both delicious and very comforting. The portion was just big enough to leave some room for dessert, soI ordered the chocolate mousse, which again proved to be a most excellent choice! So all in all, if you're looking for simple, traditional French cuisine, this is an excellent place to stop before or after a visit to Villandry castle!

    Chocolat mousse & creme brulee for dessert Sylvain at Le Colombien, in Villandry Le Combien in Villandry, France My delicious
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    Crêperie Le Lys d'Or: Another OK place on Place Plumereau

    by Jefie Written Jul 22, 2014

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    I'm sure that there are better restaurants in Tours then the ones located on Place Plumereau, but when you give just as much importance to the general atmosphere of a place as you do to the food (like I do), you can't really be disappointed when you choose to eat there. For our dinner in Tours I picked Le Lys d'Or, mostly because the menu featured a rillon salad and I hadn't had a chance to try this local specialty yet. I can't honestly say that this was my favourite meal - my salad was a bit bland and the portion was rather small. However, the sorbets I got for dessert totally made up for it! So if you're mostly interested in having a great dining experience, I'd definitely tell you to skip this place. But if you're expectations aren't too high and you only want to enjoy a meal in a lively atmosphere, then I'd say go for it!

    Our dinner at Le Lys d'Or Lively evening on Place Plumereau
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    Au Bureau: An OK place for lunch on Place Plumereau

    by Jefie Updated Jul 22, 2014

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    We got to Place Plumereau right after a heavy downpour that had sent customers running away from the terraces to find shelter. The situation was a bit chaotic as waiters were scrambling to remember who had ordered what, all the while trying to make sure no one disappeared without paying. Perhaps that's why the first waiter we bumped into was rather rude, but I was starving and had already spotted a Mexican salad on the menu that looked promising so I didn't feel like trying to find another restaurant. Luckily the man who "greeted" us did not wait on our table and our waiter might not have been the friendliest guy in the world, but he did a decent job. My salad did not disappoint either - the portion was very generous and everything in it was fresh and quite tasty. So apart from the rude welcome, I'd say this is an OK place to eat on Place Plumereau, and the view from our table wasn't bad either!

    My Mexican salad at Au Bureau in Tours View of Place Plumereau from our table
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    Amorino: For delicious Italian gelato

    by Jefie Written Jul 20, 2014

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    During my cycling trip to France I developed a rather extreme craving for ice cream, and there was no better place to quench it than by going to Amorino. This gelato company first opened shop in 2002 on île-St-Louis, in Paris, and they now have about 100 shops located all over the world (the closest one for me being in St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, yet another reason to go there!). They offer a wide variety of flavours, and all gelatos are made according to the Italian tradition imported by its co-founders Cristiano Sereni and Paolo Benassi. No artificial flavour or colour is used in the making of this delicious ice cream! Apart from the quality of the product, the one thing that sets it apart is the way your ice cream cone is presented. You can combine any 3 flavours you want and these will be used to create the petals of the prettiest and tastiest flower you can imagine! Luckily for me, there was an Amorino shop in Amboise, and there was nothing quite as satisfying - well, except maybe for a nice glass of wine - at the end of a long riding day!

    Amorino gelatos in Amboise My reward at the end of the day! Amorino gelato flower
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    Pâtisserie Bigot: The oldest - and therefore the best?

    by Jefie Written Jul 20, 2014

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    When I asked the staff at my hotel where I should go for a cup of coffee in the morning, they told me that Pâtisserie Bigot was the place to go. Established in 1913, this bakery sure knows how to live up to its long-lasting reputation by making its own chocolate, which they then use to create delicious pastries and desserts. Because it opens later than L'Horloge, which is where I always had my morning coffee, I didn't actually eat there, but I did grab some pastries for the road before we left Amboise and they were so tasty, my only regret is that I didn't buy more!

    P��tisserie Bigot in Amboise
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    L'Horloge: Nice little cafe/bakery in Amboise

    by Jefie Written Jul 20, 2014

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    Since my biological timeclock was still a bit messed up during my trip to France, I would usually wake up very early and be desperate for coffee. This little bakery quickly became my morning haven during the two days we spent in Amboise: it was the first one to open in the morning, there was indoor and outdoor seating available, the staff was very agreeable, and the pastries and coffee were delicious. Of course, being located close to the clock tower, it got a lot busier as the day went on, but in the morning it was the perfect place to go to read and enjoy a nice cup of coffee in a relaxing atmosphere, the only distractions being a few locals who'd drop by to pick up a fresh loaf of bread for breakfast. I never got to eat lunch there, but their sandwiches and other light meals looked really good!

    In the early morning at L'Horloge, Amboise
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