L’Epicurien by name. Epicurean by nature.
L’Epicurien restaurant is in Monnaie – a small, tidy town of Vouvray – nestled between some of the finest Loire Valley wineries. Wineries which produce wonderful still and sparkling white wines from a single grape variety – the versatile Chenin Blanc.
First Impressions of L’Epicurien by Didier Frébout
Once inside L’Epicurien (recommended to us by one of the Loire’s best wineries), we are warmly greeted by Jslin and his team. The restaurant is lovely and spacious, with original oil paintings hanging on the walls and a nice ambience. We note the restaurant is full with très content diners…enjoying their wine and food.
Chef Didier and his team create modern French food which makes optimum use of the freshest, seasonal produce and ingredients, to deliver a high quality food experience – one of the best in my 25-odd years of dining!
Here’s how we ate our way in L’Epicurien…
Langoustines rôties sur une salade de légumes primeurs à l’huile de vanille. Bouillon de crustacés saveur caraïbes.
(Roasted langoustines and a vegetable salad with vanilla oil; served in a Caribbean-flavoured crustacean broth)
The short name for this dish should be SALIVATE! Because that’s what we did between each mouthful. The wonderful flavours of the super fresh langoustine, which is barely roasted allows the sea aromas to take hold of our palates; as the flavours are enhanced by the superb tropical broth. And to end every happy mouthful is a juicy, fresh vegetable salad – perfectly cut Julienne-style. Sublime simplicity!
Suprême de volaille farci aux écrevisses, feuilles de chou pointu. Jus crémeux à l’écrevisse.
(Chicken Supreme stuffed with crayfish and cabbage leaves; and served with a creamy crayfish sauce.)
This dish makes one go weak in the knees with each mouthful…need I say more!? A dish (well-chosen by my wife) which is supreme in every way (just like her!), from its freshness to the mouthwatering flavour combination and luscious sauce. A truly wonderful, wonderful dish!
Filet de saint Pierre rôti sur une mijotée de petits pois à la française. Jus de volaille corsé avec un peu d’anchois.
(Roasted fillet of John Dory on simmered French peas; served with a sauce made from poultry and a hint of anchovy)
As I slice through (using my fork) the loveliest fillet of perfectly roasted, succulent John Dory, I hear the delicious crispy skin break away. Followed with a mouthful of the freshest, shelled peas I could have sworn were hand-picked straight from the garden, just moments ago. Finally, the intense flavour-packed sauce just sends my taste buds rocketing to the moon. What an epic food trip indeed!
What Chef Didier Frébout and his team do best is, delight us with a gastronomic experience of sheer, perfect happiness coupled with great service!
A Must Visit Foodie Experience!Overall Rating.
L’Epicurien (by Didier Frébout)
53 Rue Nationale, 37380 Monnaie, France
Open most days (check times to confirm) 12–2PM / 7:15–9:15PM. Closed Mondays
Tel. +33 (0)1 44 18 33 26
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