Madame and I enjoyed dinner here on a Tuesday night in late September, during a visit to the Loire region. We had gotten some information about the place at the tourist office in Langeais (which is an excellent source of advice, by the way) and decided it sounded attractive. No online bookings are taken, although you can do a telephone booking on 02.47.96.17.21 -- but as it happened we were driving through the village later in the afternoon and we stopped in. The establishment is the home of Chef Vincent Simon and his wife Olivia, who is in charge of desserts, and on the afternoon we drove back into the courtyard, there was the chef himself doing yard work. He gave us a warm welcome, took our reservation, and we were is business. (Reserving is a must, as there are only fifteen place for dinner in the dining room of their home, and the restaurant has begun to attract some well-deserved national attention...).
The welcome that evening was just as warm, and the dining was memorable. Aperitifs (essentially a Kir) were a great start, and our two together cost about what we've grown used to paying for one drink elsewhere. Beef on my side of the table, duck for Madame, and a fine and inexpensive local rose wine were the stars of the show. But Madame Olivia's desserts were terrific as well -- for example, I had an unusually good creme brulee. Service was at a relaxed pace, at least for the diners, although Chef and Olivia were cheerfully working hard (it's just the two of them running the operation). The dining space was not crowded, and the small fire that had been lit was welcome as well. The menu is seasonal, drawn from local and regional produce and wines, but also reflects some influences from the Simons' home region of Herve, Belgium.
At the end of the evening we said enthusiastic thank-yous, and the Chef came out and chatted with us and shook hands -- he and Olivia both seemed really committed to making all as welcome as possible, and to sending us off extremely well-fed.
And, they did exactly that. Next time we're in the area (we hope!), Vincent will be at the top of our restaurant list --
The place is a little off the main D-Route through the village of Ingrandes-de-Touraine, which in turn is a short distance east of Bourgueil, on the north side of the Loire. Follow the small signs in drive in (carefully!) through the old courtyard gate, where adequate parking is available -- you'll be very glad you did.
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