There are nine Michelin Star restaurants in Indre et Loire and latest is the Le Chai restaurant at the Manoir de Restigne, near Bourgueil.
The restaurant is described as “Une Table Gourmand au Coeur du Vignoble” and being only 30 minutes from home so we had to visit. We arrived to a warm welcome and soon knew this would be a great evening at Le Chai. It turned out to be a real treat for all the senses.
The dining room has high ceilings, tuffeau stone walls, oak beams and quiet, stylish decoration, somewhere Great Aunt Gertie would be equally as well at home as would a young couple enjoying their first romantic meal together.
The wine list had a good selection, including from some of the best local viticulteurs in our area and all at sensible prices too. Our aperatif was a sparkling Montlouis wine, new to us and a pleasant surprise. With the entree we really enjoyed Frédéric Mabilleau’s Saumur Chenin, apricot and honey aromas, a beautiful light gold liquid.
We chose the Menu Decouverte at 45 €, with a good selection of dishes, an elegant amuse bouche of five delicate tasters and wonderful contrast of flavours and textures, the lightest of salmon mousse and an astounding combination of flavours, an entree of black pudding and scallops with the lightest of touch.
A main course of the most tender pigeon and foie gras wrapped in chard followed by an imaginative cheese course – a ravioli in a stock with a hint of liquorice, a beignet of goats cheese, and a pasta roll filled with cheese.
Then a complete surprise – the desert before the desert – a coffee bar topped with spun sugar in the form of a spring. It glistened in the light!
Then the main desert of apple, decorated with the finest slice of sugared apple and a white chocolate ‘flag’ carrying the Manoir’s name, and served with cardamon ice cream.
With our coffee there was a trolley of delights; cannelés de bordeaux, an almond cake, chocolates and the most amazing macarons I have ever tasted.
These photographs do not do justice to the quality and the presentation.
You just have to go there and experience it for yourselves.
The ethos of Le Chai shines through with both the food and the wine we enjoyed.
” … committed to an ethical and responsible approach, seeking to respect our natural environment. The restaurant Le Chai proposes dishes created from natural products, with bread and wine certified organic.”