Les Banquettes Rouges

French restaurant in Blois

combining new flavors and culinary traditions

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Albacore tuna ceviche, celery in different textures, finely sliced Corsican ham, aged for 12 months.

Trout, house-smoked over beech wood, leek coulis, lemon crackers and side salad of quinoa and herbs.

House brioche with Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine goat’s cheese, red beetroot foam and pickles.

Chilled carrot soup, green olive condiment, open sandwich of crunchy vegetables and oyster pepper butter.

Main course

Seasonal fish according to availability, cream of velvet crab à l'Américaine (tomato and wine sauce), peas and chorizo. (can also be served without chorizo)

Lamb two ways: confit shoulder and rack cooked at a low temperature, strong pistachio gravy.

Escalope of calf’s liver, gravy with caramelised red onions, Morello cherry coulis.

Pulled oxtail, cream of avocado and grapefruit-peanut vinaigrette.Ziti pasta stuffed with cream of Galet de la Loire cheese, chickpea falafels with coriander and spring vegetable minestrone.


Crispy hazelnut puff pastry, passion fruit-praline choux buns and discs of Valrhona Passion Fruit Inspiration couverture.

Rhubarb poached in grenadine syrup and tarragon, orange blossom mascarpone cream, gavotte biscuits and honey ice cream.

Dacquoise cream cake, ORGANIC Madagascan vanilla jam and candied apples, light tea and bergamot orange mousse, dried (black) lime ice cream.

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

Fresh goat’s cheese faisselle with herbs, Granny Smith coulis and Batak peppercorns.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!