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Au Rendez-Vous des Pêcheurs, Blois

27 Rue du Foix
France 41000
Tel: 33 2 54 74 67 48's insider take:

Adventurous chef Christophe Cosme has brought the gastronomic bistro trend from its Paris roots to the countryside. This former bar and grocery, located a block from the river below the Château de Blois, may look like a simple corner bistro, but the food shows it's anything but. Cosme trained with Bernard Loiseau, among others, and he combines daring ideas and impeccable technique, focusing on Loire fish in unusual marriages, such as sandre (pike perch) with leeks on flaky pastry, chestnut-stuffed perch with lentils, or fish-offal combinations, like freshwater eel and calf's brawn or steamed perch with offal carpaccio. Desserts are stunning creations full of acrobatic spun-sugar twists.

Open Mondays 7:30 to 10 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays 12:15 to 2 pm and 7:30 to 10 pm, September through July.

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