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Auberge du XIIe Siècle

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Auberge du XIIe Siècle Review

You half expect Balzac himself to come strolling in the door of this half-timber, delightfully historic auberge, so little has it changed since the 19th century. Still sporting a time-stained painted sign and its original exterior staircase, and nearly opposite the great author's country retreat, this inn retains its centuries-old dining room, now warmed by a fireplace, bouquets, and rich wood tables. Beyond this room is a modern extension—all airy glass and white walls but not exactly what you're looking for in such historic surrounds. Balzac's ample girth attested to his great love of food, and he would no doubt enjoy the sautéed lobster or the nouvelle spins on his classic géline chicken favorites served here today, or the aiguillettes de canard rosées en réduction de Chinon (slices of duck flavored in Chinon wine). Dessert is excellent, and so is the coffee, a refreshment Balzac drank incessantly (little wonder he created more than 2,000 characters).

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 rue du Château, Saché, 37190 | Map It
  • Phone: 02–47–26–88–77
  • Location: Saché

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Closed Mon. and 2 wks in Jan., 1 wk in June, 1 wk in Sept., and 1 wk in Nov. No dinner Sun., no lunch Tues.
Updated: 03-24-2013

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    Worth the trek to Sache

    A beautiful old restaurant, however it totally lacked ambience. Very very quiet, full of old people. Felt like a Museum and the Maitre D. had an attitude, just as you expect in a top notch French restaurant I guess. But the food made up for everything. You wont be able to come out of there without consuming at least 5,000 calories. They bring you amuse-bouche like cream of foie gras. Very heavy, classic French food. The only three meat dishes: hare compote, venison and veal sweetbreads. Everything was amazing, including the very reasonable wine list. Highly recommend it. Lunch for two cost EUR 115

    by hd, 1/4/07

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