Les Banquettes Rouges

French restaurant in Blois

combining new flavors and culinary traditions

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Salad of razor clams and Baie du Mont St Michel mussels with crisp vegetables, flower and lime jelly, sesame shortbread.

Tongue and chuck steak terrine with smoked beetroot, shredded grape-soured red cabbage, house-made toast.

House-made brioche with goat cheese, whipped cream with fresh herbs, red onion pickles.*

Parsnip soup, assortment of autumn vegetables, light spiced mousse, garlic croutons.*

Main course

Beef tenderloin steak, brown roasted coffee gravy, creamy hazelnut polenta.

Confit double rack of piglet, meat gravy with Sarawak pepper.

Veal liver cutlet, sweet-and-sour sauce with red onions, confit cherries.

Filet of fish of the day, butter sauce with verbena peppercorns.

Broccoli quenelles with gratin bechamel sauce, thyme and rosemary, green lentil preserves, Parisian fried potatoes and stewed Chinese cabbage.*


Soft squash cake, cashew nut cream, saffron ice cream and roasted, caramelised cashews.*

Shortbread with brown sugar and orange blossom water, white chocolate ganache with kaffir lime and grapefruit medley.

Dark chocolate cream, Valrhona Caraibe 66%, ice cream and caramel delicacies, delicate dark chocolate biscuit.*

Platter of mature cheeses, domestic and international, carefully chosen by us, mixed salad leaves.*

Strained goat cheese with herbs, sour apple confit.*

* Vegetarian dishes

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.

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.

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.