Les Banquettes Rouges

French restaurant in Blois

combining new flavors and culinary traditions

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Starters

Scallop tartare with grapefruit and Szechuan pepper, crispy avocado tart.

Goat’s cheese fromage blanc crémeux with seasoning, seasonal shellfish with Kaffir lime and toasted tuiles.

Traditional brioche with Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine goat’s cheese, whipped cream with fresh herbs.

Corn velouté, roasted salsify, pickled red cabbage, whipped cream with roasted hazelnuts.

Main course

Fish of the day in a Vouvray and vanilla beurre blanc sauce.

Slow-cooked guinea-fowl supreme seared on the skin, mild chorizo sauce.

Escalope of calf’s liver with morello cherries, Bigarade-style bitter gravy.

Medallion of Angus beef hanger steak, Cubeb pepper gravy.

Winter vegetable pot-au-feu, hot potato and mushroom terrine, condiments with Loire Valley green lentils

Desserts

Poached pear, coffee-flavoured almond cream, almond cookie and salted caramel ice cream.

Light sweet potato mousse, wildflower honey cake, lime-coriander ice cream.

Crispy dark chocolate tuiles with orange zest, praline ice cream and chestnut cream cake.

Platter of mature cheeses, carefully chosen by us, accompanied by mixed salad leaves.

Goat’s cheese faisselle with seasoning and Andaliman pepper-apple condiment.

We ate here at the recommendation of our hotel staff. We were glad that we had the little town map marked with an "X" because it's not in the busy section of town. [...] We were really trying to stick to the French menu, but when we struggled, they did produce the English version for us. Lovely presentations, menu items that were unusual.

I ate in /on the banquettes rouges last summer and will recommend the restaurant. The owners are very friendly (but not pushy), we were made to feel very welcome. The food was very good and the wine list extensive. The patron had good knowledge of the wines in offer and could recommend a good local red that complemented my meal. Pudding was nice too.

Had a fantastic meal here with our three young children...they were presented with the children's menu and I have never seen a 14month old demolish a plate of food so fast. [...] We had a salmon terrine for starter then enjoyed rabbit, beef..all cooked to perfection with innovative touches... All accompanied by local wine 'Cheverny'. Highly recommend.

If someone is searching for a special diner with Nobel-cuisine but payable prices, you have to come here. Don't forget to do a reservation and enjoy a very nice dinner that's also an eye-catcher!

This small bistro in Blois was the best restaurant we ate at in a week long trip to France through Burgundy, the Loire valley and Normandy. We were struck by the combination of a warm, cosy setting with some really modern, innovative yet hearty cooking [...] Fabulous overall, great value for money and totally unexpected in an otherwise bland looking town.