Which restaurants in Touraine have Michelin stars?
In early 2021, the famous red Michelin guide has cheered up a handful of restaurant owners. They had been having a hard time due to lockdown closures and could only count on take-away sales.
The new Michelin stars for 2021
Jérôme Roy is a native of Loches, educated at the Albert Bayet lycee in Tours. He then headed south, to Provence, where he was awarded a first star Michelin in 2016. Back in Touraine for the past year, he didn’t have long to wait before receiving another. It is now displayed on the front of L’Opidom, the restaurant in Fondettes he took over with his wife Valérie.
In Azay-le-Rideau, the chef Bastien Gilet (cover photo) from the restaurant L’Auberge Pom’Poire has also been achieved the gastronomic holy grail. For the past few years, there have been plenty of word of mouth recommendations for the restaurant located in the production area of the famous poires tapées (pear dessert). So there will be one more gem for visitors to see in the area, close by the Châteaux of Azay-le-Rideau and L’Islette.
Last year, a new category made its appearance in the Michelin guide, giving recognition to restaurants that are especially committed to a sustainable approach to gastronomy: the green star. The Vincent Cuisinier de Campagne (Les Coteaux-sur-Loire) restaurant, with its zero-mile approach to the food supply chain, was naturally spotted by the Guide’s inspector and given a green starry prize!
The Plate Michelin, another award recognising the quality of the ingredients and the chefs’ skills, was given for the first time to L’Auberge de Montpoupon, L’Ecluse, Au Chapeau Rouge, La Table du Prieuré, Arbore & Sens, Le Berlot, L’Atelier Olivier Arlot, La Ciboulette, La Maison Tourangelle, La Maison Colbert and Le Casse Cailloux.
Renewed Michelin stars
No change for Les Hautes Roches (Didier Edon in Rochecorbon / also an hotel), Le Château de Pray (Arnaud Philippon in Amboise / also an hotel too), La Promenade (Fabrice Dallais in Le Petit-Pressigny), and L’Evidence (Gaétan Evrard in Montbazon): all four restaurants kept their Michelin stars. It’s always a pleasure to dine at one of these landmarks of Touraine gastronomy once again. And we can’t wait to get the chance to go back and enjoy our chefs’ specialities again!