Tasty pause in Tours

A weekend in the Loire stopping for the night in Tours now always brings me to a restaurant called l’Odéon, right near the train station. It’s got great service, presentation and wonderful food at prices you’d never find in Paris!


Seated in a well lit, nicely decorated place with graceful servers who smile and take your coat… we all agreed that we were so glad to have come to this place for dinner. A couple of years ago, I had discovered it with a good and decided I needed a repeat testing of their menu. Their « menu du soir » at 32 euros includes an entrée, plat and déssert. Like I said, you don’t get to find such a nice meal in Paris for that price.

But…. it wasn’t just a 3 course meal. It was actually a 5 course meal. the first course, a mise en bouche, was a tiny bowl of foi-gras souffléé :

For the entrée, at our table the only choices that were selected were the Oeufs brouillés à la crème de Morilles, feuilletés aux amandes = scrambled eggs with Morille creme sauce and flaked with almonds… that just doesn’t seem to describe correctly this wonderful little dish!


The other choice chosen was the foie gras grillé avec brioche doré et vinaigre eux herbes :

Main courses seen at our table were as follows :

Rouget roti with cheese raviolis and a shellfish safran cream sauce :

Roast beef with Maxime potatoes and a tarragon broth :

Roasted scallops with olive oil mashed potatoes (and fun plate décor!) :

Dessert, the 4th course, was selected as follows by our already satisfied taste buds :
A Grand Marignier souflée with ice cream :

A hot and cold chocolate and almond dish, that had two different flavors AND temperatures of chocolate :

And a terrine d’agrumes for yours truly (sans lactose) :

And what was the 5th course? What the French call a « gourmandise ». Gourmandise essentially meaning something to eat just-for-the-pleasure. We were given a plate of mini desserts of crème-brulée or an apricot confit :


10 Place du Général Leclerc
37000 TOURS
Tél. 02 47 20 12 65
Fax : 02 47 20 47 58

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  5 comments for “Tasty pause in Tours

  1. 25 avril 2011 at 10:42

    How delicious! We are planning a trip to the Loire Valley one of these days and will definitely stop here and try one of everything 😉

  2. 28 avril 2011 at 18:58

    You always find the best spots to eat in Paris!

  3. 14 juin 2011 at 11:52

    where did you stay in Tours? great photos!

    • 14 juin 2011 at 13:10

      Oh we stayed at the Ibis down the street. It’s basic and inexpensive.

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