After all the talk about food hygiene I thought it was time to remind myself of one of the main reasons why we love the Loire region so much.
The wonderful food.
Last summer, Nick and Alex went for a day’s fishing down by the river at L’Île Bouchard. Nicole and I had a girls’ day shopping and joined them for lunch at L’Auberge de L’Île.
We found the restaurant in a booklet we got from L’Office de Tourisme in Le Grand-Pressigny a couple of years ago and it featured lots of really nice restaurants in Touraine. We were gradually working our way through them when we realised we had either lost or given away our last copy of the booklet and they had stopped producing them. Quel dommage !!
The restaurant looks nice but ordinary on the outside but once inside you immediately have the impression that this is going to be a good experience, and it was.
It was a warm day so we opted to sit indoors. We were the only people indoors that lunchtime. To begin with we wondered if we had made a mistake but as more and more people passed our table to sit outside overlooking the river we decided we were ok where we were. Outside was getting busy and noisy under the umbrellas and we were all cool and calm in the restaurant.
We went for the “Formule Plaisir” at 35€ each for three courses. The slightly cheaper menu included either starter or dessert and as we love our puddings we thought it was good value to go for the full monty.
The most spectacular starter was the prawns in a slightly curried sauce.
For mains some chose fish, others duck. Everything was beautifully presented and served perfectly with just the right amount of discreet attention from the restaurant staff.
The desserts were worth the modest extra cost. The chocolate fondants looked fabulous but I chose the rice pudding – a beautiful light and creamy rice with strawberries on top.
All in all, it was a great lunch. Eating at lunchtime is a very good way of sampling what is on offer at a good restaurant if you are unsure about lashing out on a pricey meal in the evening. Personally I often prefer to eat something absolutely delicious but lighter at lunchtime than have a rich and heavy meal in the evening.
Afterwards, Nick and Alex went back to their fishing while Nicole and I carried on with our shopping. We will be visiting the restaurant again for lunch some time this year, for sure.