Domaine des Hauts de Loire ★★★

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The Michelin stars in a 19C country château

This crowning glory of this faux châteaux built in the mid 19C is its two-Michelin-starred restaurant, with a classic dining room under beamed ceilings and a modern one lined with modern art and elaborate place settings.

The contemporary dishes sound modest and simple, but that's where their strength lies: in superb simplicity.

Try the risotto of pearl barley and chives, amuses-bouche of lobster and tomato salad, fragrant pan-fired girolles, the fan-fried scallops coated in almonds and bread crumbs on a bed of Bartlett pears sided with coconut-milk risotto, or the lightly smoked sea bass in a delicate saffron sauce with leeks.

Too stuffed to move? Stay and spend the night.

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Tips

About the restaurant star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all restaurants (and sights and hotels) on this site have a ReidsFrance.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these eateries offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with any official local restaurant ratings or grades.

In general, a pricier restaurant has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some inexpensive eateries or pubs that happen provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few fancy but notable restaurants just ★★☆.

About the restaurant price brackets (€–€€€)

Here at ReidsFrance.com we simply provide a general price range indicating the general amount you should expect to pay for a full meal in the eatery.

Each eatery is rated into a price category, which indicates—very roughly—what you could expect to pay, per person, for a standard full meal: Two courses (appetizer and main course, main and side, main and dessert, whatever), plus something to drink.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which restaurants are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

under €15
€€ under €40
€€€ over €40
Useful French phrases

Useful French for dining

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Où est?     ou eh
...a restaurant un restaurant uhn ray-stah-RAHN
...a casual restaurant un bistro
or
une brasserie
uhn bee-STRO
or
ooun bra-sair-RHEE
a table for two un table pour deux uhn TAH-bluh peur dou
     
I would like Je voudrais... zhuh vou-DRAY
...some (of) un peu (de) uhn puh (duh)
...this ce suh
...that ça sah
and et ay
chicken poulet poo-LAY
beef bouef buff
veal veau voh
fish poisson pwa-SOH
pork porc pork
meat la viande lah vee-YOHN-duh
platter of cured meats la charcuterie lah shar-coo-tair-EE
I am vegetarian je suis végétarien zhuh swee veh-je-ta-ree-YEN
rare bleu
or
saignant
bluh
or
sain-NYUHn
medium rare à point ah PWAHn
well done bien cuit bee-YEN kwee
dessert dessert day-SAIR
and et ay
...a glass of un verre de uhn vair duh
...a bottle of une bouteille de oun boo-TAY-yuh de
...a half-liter of un demi de uhn de-MEE de
...fizzy water eau gazeuse oh gah-ZUHZ
...still water eau non gazeuse oh no gah-ZUHZ
...red wine vin rouge vah roozhuh
...white wine vin blanc vah blahn
...beer bière bee-YAIR
...cider cidre SEE-drah
Check, please La conte, s'il vous plaît
or
L’addition, s'il vous plaît
lah KOHNT seel-vou-PLAY
or
la-dih-see-YON seel-vou-PLAY
Service (tip) is included service compris sair-VEES cohm-PREE

Basic phrases in French

English (anglais) French (français) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you merci mair-SEE
please s'il vous plaît seel-vou-PLAY
yes oui wee
no non no
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais? par-lay-VOU on-GLAY
I don't understand Je ne comprende pas zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah
I'm sorry Je suis desolée zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY
How much does it cost? Combien coute? coam-bee-YEHN koot
That's too much C'est trop say troh
     
Good day Bonjour bohn-SZOURH
Good evening Bon soir bohn SWAH
Good night Bon nuit  bohn NWEE
Goodbye Au revoir oh-ruh-VWAH
Excuse me (to get attention) Excusez-moi eh-skooze-ay-MWA
Excuse me (to get past someone) Pardon pah-rRDOHN
Where is? Où est? ou eh
...the bathroom la toilette lah twah-LET
...train station la gare lah gahr

Days, months, and other calendar items in French

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quand est-il ouvert? coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR
When does it close? Quand est l'heure de fermeture?   coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR
At what time... à quelle heure... ah kell uhre
     
Yesterday hier ee-AIR
Today aujoud'hui ow-zhuhr-DWEE
Tomorrow demain duh-MEHN
Day after tomorrow après demain ah-PRAY duh-MEHN
     
a day un jour ooun zhuhr
Monday Lundí luhn-DEE
Tuesday Maredí mar-DEE
Wednesday Mercredi mair-cray-DEE
Thursday Jeudi zhuh-DEE
Friday Vendredi vawn-druh-DEE
Saturday Samedi saam-DEE
Sunday Dimanche DEE-maansh
     
a month un mois ooun mwa
January janvier zhan-vee-YAIR
February février feh-vree-YAIR
March mars mahr
April avril ah-VREEL
May mai may
June juin zhuh-WAH
July juillet zhuh-LYAY
August août ah-WOOT
September septembre sep-TUHM-bruh
October octobre ok-TOE-bruh
November novembre noh-VAUM-bruh
December décembre day-SAHM-bruh

Numbers in French

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 un ehn
2 deux douh
3 trois twa
4 quatre KAH-truh
5 cinq sank
6 six sees
7 sept sehp
8 huit hwhee
9 neuf nuhf
10 dix dees
11 onze ownz
12 douze dooz
13 treize trehz
14 quatorze kah-TOHRZ
15 quinze cans
16 seize sez
17 dix-sept dee-SEP
18 dix-huit dee-SWEE
19 dix-neuf dee-SNEUHF
20 vingt vahn
21* vingt et un * vahnt eh UHN
22* vingt deux * vahn douh
23* vingt trois * vahn twa
30 trente truhnt
40 quarante kah-RAHNT
50 cinquante sahn-KAHNT
60 soixante swaa-SAHNT
70 soixante-dix swa-sahnt-DEES
80 quatre-vents  kat-tra-VAHN
90 quatre-vents-dix  kat-tra-vanht-DEES
100 cent sant
1,000 mille meel
5,000 cinq mille sank meel
10,000 dix mille dees meel


* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).

‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.