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“A lovely place to take a friend”
Review of Le Pigeon Blanc

Le Pigeon Blanc
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 12 - US$ 105
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Osez vous faire plaisir sans vous ruiner ! Une cuisine sincère et gourmande au cœur de l anjou bleu
Reviewed 26 September 2015

I wanted to find a rather good local restaurant to take some Australian friends who were visiting me in the Loire and this was on my shortlist. So, the week before their arrival I booked a table for two in order to appreciate first-hand the dining experience.
We arrived a little early after changing in the car rather than driving past the restaurant only to return within the hour. Whilst we waited, seated outside we were greeted by a large dog, closely followed by the chef and then the head waiter who showed us to the lounge area and offered us aperitifs.
The menu was not overly complicated and the young man explained each of the dishes available in both the A’ la carte section and as courses in the fixed menu selections. I felt a little awkward as I had already decided upon the “chef’s surprise”, a six course degustation menu with wines to match.
My disappointment at being the only diners that evening was short lived as the tables started to fill with a group of about eight or ten people and another couple.
I’ll not go fully into the courses served as it would be very unfair to spoil the surprise element, suffice to say that the dishes were all excellent, prepared using locally reared meat and vegetables from the restaurant garden. The fish and seafood courses were of equal quality.
The wines, one from Vendee, one from the Loire and the other from Gigondas all paired well with the food and were served with much aplomb and good descriptions of both the food and wine.
In the end I did not visit with the Australians, but I will definitely return again, this restaurant was a great find in rural France and deserves to thrive. The head waiter was a credit to the establishment, albeit in spite of being asked more than once if he was sure that the Gigondas was from Bordeaux as he suggested and not the Rhone he would not be swayed. The second waiter who served the table was also very professional, if perhaps a little less confident but none the less both helped to make the evening rather special and complemented the quality of food served.

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Reviewed 7 July 2015

Wonderful meal! Attentive service with helpful hostess and the food was cooked and presented beautifully

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Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

What a tremendous meal. Staying with friends at chateau close by and visited with our hostess. I have to say that from start to finish I could not fault a thing. This place deserves Michelin stars and is a must for visitors in the Loire valley. We will definitely be back

Thank tonyfall
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

The restaurant is located on the opposite side of the road to the church, with a reasonably well signposted car park.
Tables are well spaced apart and there is a small terrace.
There is a wide price range of menus. My wife had the menu du jour, which was reasonably priced and very good, but the sauce with the main course was a bit overpowering.
I had a slightly more expensive menu (around Euros 29, if I remember correctly). The crayfish starter was very good and the fish main course, served with mixed vegetables and a lovely sauce, was outstanding.

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Thank grafran
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

We got the tip for the Pigeon Blanc from the hostess at our B&B. From the outside it doesn't look much, but inside the restaurant is unexpectedly stylish. It is said to have been in the hands of the same family for at least 3 generations

The first night there we had the menue at 20 Euros, which was 3 courses. The main dish being "Duck Hamburger", which of course was not a burger at all, but slow cooked, very tender duck meat, styled like a burger with potatoes and veggies.

The food was so good, we went there the next day for lunch, had the slightly more expensive menue for 28 Euros and again had really good food. This restaurant and the young chef does not have a Michelin star but in my eyes it is very close. And I have been in 1 Star Michelin restaurants where I had food, which was not as nicely presented nor as tasteful.

For me this restaurant is all about taste, not expensive ingredients and this is just what food should be.

The young waitresses are very friendly and give a good attentive service.

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Thank Fernweh3
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