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“Victims of their own success” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Alchimiste Restaurante

L'Alchimiste Restaurante
Ranked #25 of 115 Restaurants in Saumur
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Oxford, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Victims of their own success”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

We were in retrospect very very lucky to have got a table at this restaurant where the chef is inventive and produced some very high class dishes. My husband had not looked at his watch properly so we arrived outside Alchimiste an hour before they opened, confused that they had not and luckily saw the owner who came out and told us the correct time. Doh! Still she said we could have a table for two in an hour's time so we went away and had a drink. As other reporters have said, we watched several other hopeful diners being turned away because others had booked. We noticed there were more tables outside than in so perhaps it is easier to get a table when the outside seating is used in summer but for the rest of the year booking is imperative because the standard of the food here has become well known. We were told later by a local that it is not that easy to book a table even if you do try to telephone ahead of time. Sometimes the phone just rings and rings we were told. Surely though there must be an answerphone?
Really the food that inauspicious, grey September evening was sublime. There were starters of succulent mushrooms on a puff pastry base and a wonderful black pudding mousse with a beetroot base a good choice of mains including fish and rabbit. We asked for advice about wines, saying what we like in a wine but that we didn't really know much about the best local wines. We were pointed to the least expensive wine on the least because Madame said it would go best with both our main courses. Well for a menu at just twenty Euros for a three course meal no wonder it's hard to get a table.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Sheila S
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Haarlem, The Netherlands
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Extremely good value for interesting food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2013

We were glad to have booked a table as people were turned back. Extremely good value for quality food: 2x3 course menu with a glas of champagne, bottle of wine and a bottle of mineral water for € 80. Some (4) tables outside on a residential quiet street, but great when it is warm to be outside. Friendly staff and friendly priced list of local Loie wines. Free parking just across the street at a major parking place opposite de l'Ecole de Cavalerie.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Superbly fresh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013 via mobile

Fantastic - really fresh food and very well presented. Were able to create a delicious vegetarian option too (not always easy in France!).

Visited August 2013
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Thank oHelm88
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London
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147 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Not quite as good as last year”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

Twice visited this hols. Firstly a la carte and enjoyed quite an expensive meal. David and I started off with salmon tartare. My first tartare and it was ok but not sure I will have anything tartare again. We both had a very good prawn risotto. Finished with a trad Anjou cream dessert and David had a kind of rum baba. Nice wine, aperitifs and David had a Royal Combier to finish(a bit like grand magnier). A good meal about £130
Last evening we had the fixed price menu at 20 euros. A much lesser mortal than the a la carte. The only fish was sardines and David hardly touched his and did not think much of his Anjou cream dessert. So not a good evening. Cost about £70
Got a mention recently in the Telegraph.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Rob D
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Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great meal - good value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2013

The fixed menu was 22 euros and it was excellent - the chef excelled at making the dishes both look and taste great.

Visited July 2013
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Thank Rob S
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