per Parigi's comment on my post (which is on the France board) i would like to edit the spelling of the restaurant i reviewed.
and while i'm at it i noticed a few more typos.
if you could please replace my post with the following I think it will be overall more helpful to all hounds.
Loire Valley Blois chef-owned restaurant
LE BISTRO DU CUISINIER http://www.lebistrotducuisinier.fr/
If you are cruising the chateaus in the Loire, or stopping over on a long drive (like us) definitely include this place. It is across the river from the Chateau (which is in plain view).
The atmosphere is modern, sleek, plain--no personality. If you are looking for old world atsmosphere this is NOT the best choice. If you want a fabulous, memorable meal (and the kitchen is operating as it was last week) you cannot do better. Excellent value at 70.10 euro for 2 adult meals/1 childs meal including dessert, coffee and wine (bless the provinces!! an equivalent quality of food & atmosphere would cost well over 200 euro in Paris
We three (me, husband and 9 year old) were driving from Paris to Medoc and simply looking for a decent lunch stopover. This was oh-so-much-more. Everything that was served was prepared with attention and pride. Not a surprise for a chef owned resto, but still you just never know.
WHAT WE ATE:
husband chose plat/dessert 24.50
plat: filet de bar poele sur le peau, brandade de cabillaud liee a la bearnaise avec artichauts poivradres, sauce vierge (tres fine. well prepared. he loved it)
dessert: kouign aman w/ compote d'ananas et mangue, sorbet passion (i tried to warn DH that kouign amman has too much oil to go well with sorbet--but would he listen??? it just didn't work. everything on its own was fine--it was the combo that failed. the sorbet was great tho)
Me: chose 2 entrees instead of a main 8.50 each (plus 4 euro extra for the scallops):
entree #1: comparison des 3 foie gras de canard prepare: au naturel, aux pistaches et noix et au vin rouge. (these were 3 generous slices. all delicious but the vin rouge was excellent, it tasted like gingerbread. i never wanted it to end. in fact it was so good i woud say that just 1 slice of that was worth the price of the entire meal.)
entree #2: saint jacques poeles traite de balsamique et brunoise de mangue (so much care was taken to bath them in balsamique and cook them to melt-in-your-mouth perfection. i don't know how the chef manages to get these round creatures cooked so evenly but it was a feat)
the scallops were served with celeri et pomme remoulade (i don't like remoulades period, but i did taste it and can say is that it was certainly fresh and probably 'correct')
dessert: decaf coffee (exceptional which isn't easy to find for decaf--they aint using nespresso machines) accompanied by a little raspberry muffin that could not have been out of the oven for more than 2 hours--sublime)
daughter=kids menu 8.50 euro
cheeseburger ("yucky sauce but the meat is good, mama")
pommes frites (great)
dessert: tarte chaude aux pommes (incredible. first class and its not even on the adult menu--which is incomprehensible to me. the amount of work that went into sculpting, carmelizing etc. served on a sable crust with vanilla ice cream on the side)
wine: 1/2 carafe of Coeur Chardonnay (okay for the price point, too sweet for me, reminded me of blue nun)
#1 order the foie gras du vin rouge
#2 bring a kid under age 12 just so that you can have the tarte aux pommes (or ask if they will serve it to you anyway)
#3 order a different wine then we did
#4 don't try to find the same value/price in paris--you'll get depressed