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There is no shortage of restaurants in Poitiers and particularly the city center. Many however do tend to be pricey or more popular to the tourists.
One of the local guys that I was spending time with for a few days took me to Bistro de l'Absynthe. It is a relatively small bistro, but has excellent food and cheap prices. There is a menu available, but I recommend that you pay attention to the daily specials. The staff speaks French and English if you have any problems understanding the choices.
Favorite Dish: The various cuts of meat and the fish are fantastic. The duck was very savory.
Written Jun 23, 2010
Address: 36 Rue Carnot, Poitiers
Phone: 05 49 37 28 44
I was drawn to this restaurant by its cosy and stylish interior. It looked cheerful and well run, the key to a good restuarant. The loos were clean and fresh and the whole place shone with polishing and care. A very good *front presentation* The menu was extensive and the photos of the dishes looked delicious.
Cost of the meal: My formule 15.40€, hubby had 6 snails (7.65€) and you can't mess that up because garlic butter was the main flavour, grilled steak (17.50€) which again had no taste and the two ice cream balls at 3.30€. The only things apart from the salad and the cheese and the ice cream was the Pouilly fume at 29.30€. Total bill came to 73.15€
Favorite Dish: I chose the Formule Taverne, starter, main and dessert. Country terrine with cepe mushrooms, and my mouth was already watering, cepes are a prized delicacy with an amazing flavour, I could imagine the fine taste and we chose a fine wine to go with it. How wrong I was.
The presentation of the terrine was faultless. The salad was the sole flavour in it. I can only imagine that the chef had a cold or no sense of smell or taste AT ALL. It was like eating cardboard. Okay, I thought, the trout cooked in Reisling wine would be full of flavour. Not so. It was like eating, well, nothing. No flavour, even in the vegetables. By this time, I thought ahead and chose the only thing that the chef would have no chance to cock up, which was the cheese.
Just goes to show, you can have fantastic surroundings and amazing decor and sharp staff, but if the chef has no taste, it all falls apart.
Wouldn't recommend it unless you were starving to death.
Oh and they had the cheek, despite service compris, to suggest a tip. Mine would be to get a new chef.
Updated May 27, 2009
Address: 24-26 Rue Carnot 86000 Poitiers
Phone: 05 49 50 10 80
We stopped off for a beer before going on to dinner. Having just arrived in the city, it was evening and the perfect place to stop off and gather our strength for an exploration of the city and somewhere to eat.
I like to people watch and this was a good place to do just that. It was a quiet Wednesday evening, not too busy and a good temperature to sit out in. I liked the cheerful blue of the bar and it's quiet location. Not too much traffic.
The beers we had were Heineken 2.70, Affligem 3.20 to give you an idea of the prices this year.
Written May 27, 2009
Address: 7 Place de Marechal Leclerc 86000 Poitiers
Phone: 05 49 01 70 92
The cook is a former tourist guide. He has brought from his travel some souvenirs which are in exibit in the restaurant and a lot of cooking ideas, recipes and spices.
The restaurant is very special : first, the building is modern but when you enter and go down by the stair you reach a hall built during the 13e century. Initially, there was a "chantrerie" there. That means a place to train the church singers.
The ceiling is vaulted and the windows are in stainglass.
Favorite Dish: The cooking is not really local. It is a French cuisine mixed with foreign herbs and spices.
I liked the chicken skewers and the red fruits dessert. The fish is also excellent.
1st course + meat or fish = 24 euros (including tip and tax)
Meat or fish + dessert = 21 euros
1st course + meat or fish + dessert = 31 euros.
Try the red wine of Haut Poitou, a local speciality.
Updated Oct 19, 2005
Address: 65 rue Theophraste Renaudot - Poitiers
Phone: 335 49 42 02 93
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