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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 17 September 2020 via mobile

We have stopped here for dinner 3 times now on our way through France. Eating in the caves is a great experience and well worth doing. The set menu with wine included will definitely fill you up and we went for the additional Anjou sausage....Good staff, attentive and polite which made it even better.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 5 September 2019

We were an organised party who trooped gratefully into the galleries of this ancient series of tunnels on a very hot day. Housing a mushroom growing enterprise, an exhibition of how to rear snails, a small presentation of the use of the caves through the...ages and our immediate destination, a restaurant. We started with a mixed plate of mushrooms, then baskets of wonderful small flat breads were brought round. Hot and beautifully brown and crunchy on the outside, the inside was soft and creamy tasting and went perfectly with the pot of rillettes. The food just kept coming, a huge pot of Champignons de Paris and another pot containg white beans with yet more freshly baked bread. The cheese course was a split flat bread with grilled cheese. Delicious. A small potion of unremarkable apple tart was a bit is a low note but we had enjoyed a remarkable meal accompanied by local wine. The red was from Saumur and was very pleasant but the rose d'anjou was excellent and very enjoyable. The only downside was the tired and inadequate lavatories which were in urgent need of refurbishment. It must be difficult to maintain them in such a damp environment but it is imporant and it is the reason for four stars rather than five for this amazing place.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 23 August 2019

A somewhat unusual restaurant in that there are only 4 choices on the menu and all of them feature mushrooms heavily. That said, good ingredients, prepared and cooked to perfection provides an interesting and delicious meal. When I visited, I was fortunate to be seated...close to the ovens when some of the food is cooked - this adds to the dining experience enormously. I was so impressed i have already booked a return visit.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 18 August 2019 via mobile

I visited the "cave", in fact a former stone mine, with my 8 year old daughter. We first visited the cave and saw the mushrooms and snails one afternoon. Very interesting and well worth a visit. We returned the next evening to have the fixed...menu of multi courses, based around their freshly baked bread a bit like a pitta bread and home grown mushrooms. I opted for the snails on one of the 4 menus which cost €26. Paté and butter with bread, baked cheese on breaf and mushrooms and beans are 3 of the courses. Dessert probably commercially bought apple tart was tasty. You can also have duck instead of snails or neither. 25cl wine included on the menu which was excellent. My daughter had the children's menu which was cheaper and excluded the mushroom and beans course and included a syrup drink. We bought one of each and shared so she tried it all. By the end we were stuff ed couldn't eat anymore. Family friendly. We came in August and the restaurant was packed. They also sell really good wine to taste and takeaway at sensible prices. Ignore the bad reviews by people with little imagination. This restaurant works around their own limited menu and products and was delicious. Having said that it won't work for fussy eaters who don't like mushrooms or bread of course!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 August 2019

We had first visited this place back in 2016 and wanted to return during our journey southward after leaving Saumur on our way down to Ingrandes. On our first visit we had stumbled across the restaurant and hadn’t really made a journey to specifically find...it. The address says Chenehutte but be aware that the restaurant is in the village of Préban which is a good 2km away so don’t park in Chenehutte and decide to find this restaurant on foot: this is what we did! We had booked a table three months earlier and they did indeed have our reservation. There are four set menus at prices ranging from 21 to 26€ each. We chose Menu B because it included the Sausage d’Anjou and not the snails. The Assisette de la Cave (a plate with a selection of foods) comes first: a large mushroom stuffed with rough pork pâté, onions and chopped bacon in special bread, and Oyster mushrooms in garlic cream. This is a good introduction to mushrooms of course but beware the bread. The plate however is really good especially if you share my passion for mushrooms. The bread just keeps coming and it is very good, it’s hot and quite light rather like a small brown pitta bread. It is very filling and if, like us, you want to eat in the evening you need to stop eating it: because it swells in your tummy and you won’t eat again that day if you are not cautious. Next up is the Special hot bread with salted butter, rough pork pâté, mushrooms of Paris , white beans in “sauce maison” and Sausage d’Anjou. Again, the bread is there (and we were offered more) it was with the same with the special hot bread with melted Brie. Dessert was a small warm apple tart which was a bit ordinary – I ate the filling and the pastry underneath and left the crust. Wine was included in the price (250ml each) of either a red or rosé. For us it was not good wine and we left most of it. Why no white wine is my question? We don’t like red at all, and we find cheaper and/or sweet rosé wine to be unpalatable. Considering the fact that the restaurant was about 10% full the service was a bit slow. Too much food for a snack but a great place to eat because it is so unusual.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 15 July 2019

The location is great, down in the caves and nice and cool. The set menu makes an easy choice, with wine included. Decent food and reasonable prices. Hearty food, you will not be hungry afterwards!

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 10 July 2019 via mobile

What a gem of a find. Cycling past and decided to take a look and so pleased we did. Amazing restaurant inside a cave serving incredible food as wine with fantastic friendly service. The fixed menus use own ingredients like the mushrooms grown in the...cave system that the restaurant is part of. This is also a wine cellar and the wine included in the fixed menus is local. You have to try this place!!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 6 August 2018

We walked through a quaint entrance, down a well lit tunnel to a charming restaurant in what is a large cave. We first had a tour of the cave to see how the mushrooms were grown and the snails were cultivated and then returned to...the section of the cave with the Restaurant Les Pieds Bleus. They have a nice website you can visit before going so that you can have a chance to take a look at the menu. They do of course specialize in mushrooms, snails and a stuffed bread! A very fun and different experience!More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We visited La Cave Aux Moines for lunch. Although the exterior looked closed the signs pointed down a tunnel to the restaurant. On walking about 100 metres through the caves we arrived at the restaurant and tour. It wasn’t obvious that this was the start...of the tour so we asked for a table for lunch first. We were shown to a table in part of the cave by a very friendly and helpful waitress. We could see the small ‘pita’ like flat breads being cooked in the wood burning stove next to us. The menu was small but amazing. I chose the snail option whilst my husband chose the sausage option but we shared. There was so much food and wine came as part of the meal! After eating a wonderful lunch we then asked about the tour. This was self guided but the guide book was very informative. It was fascinating to see the mushrooms and snails that we had just eaten being cultivated in the caves! Would highly recommend both the tour and the restaurant!More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We came upon this restaurant by chance while driving from Gennes to Saumur and looking for somewhere for lunch. Given that it was 36 degrees outside, it was wonderful to walk the 100 metres inside the caves to find the restaurant at a lovely comfortable...temperature! We didn't visit the mushroom farm itself but it was wonderful to be able to eat the mushrooms that they grow. There was little choice on the menu, with the only options being additions to the basic menu - a sausage or 6 snails or duck, but the basic menu itself was ample. My only reservation was that it was too much and too filling - being on a low-carb diet and eating here don't go hand in hand! There were unlimited fouees available (a sort of pitta bread which you could stuff) and we felt ourselves stuffed afterwards. You could watch these being cooked in a kind of pizza oven. All in all a great experience and even better for coming across it by chance.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 22 August 2017

What an amazing discovery. We visited a mushroom cave earlier in the day and were looking for a local specialities restaurant. We were surprised by the sign at the entrance of the cave. Pls walk 100m to the restaurant. The tunnels were well lit and...made for the most unusual walk to a restaurant, loved it. The food was delicious, it was interesting to see the bread, snails etc being cooked in the big wood oven in the middle of the restaurant. Excellent value for money and a must if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

We were desperately looking for the place for a dinner at later evening at French country side and although this restaurant was totally booked, we were lucky to get the place there. Standard menu, but very rich and tasty with very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Our group enjoyed the mushroom menu which was very classic french food. The tradtional breads and mushrooms were delicious. Plenty of food and nice relaxing cave atmosphere. Worth the price for what you get

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed 27 July 2017 via mobile

Nice and unusual location being in the galleries dug out during stone quarrying. The menu is fixed, but, you can add snails or duck. We had the simple menu (€20) and came out stuffed. Afterwards we visited the galleries to see mushroom growing and snail...production.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

Really enjoyed the experience of dining underground on local specialties of the region. We took two different menus, one at 20 and another at 25.50 - the only difference being 6 escargots in the latter. The service was good and the food was delicious and...portions generous. The fouées kept coming, the free flow of hot crusty bread was truly a pleasure. The mushrooms were also very delicious. Diners can visit the mushroom farm and do a cellar door tasting if they haven't already had enough to eat and drink!More

Date of visit: July 2017
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