Restaurant Le Lion d’Or, Amboise

Asparagus and quail eggs at Le Lion d'Or restaurant, Amboise

Asparagus and quail eggs at Le Lion d’Or restaurant, Amboise

We were very much looking forward to our dinner at Le Lion d’Or (The Golden Lion). It is mentioned in the Michelin guide, and they are working at gaining a Michelin star. Our host at our B&B (Les Fleurons) made a reservation for us and let them know in advance that we were vegetarian, which meant they went to some effort and we actually had amazing food; entrée of white asparagus and quail eggs with a creamy sauce (I have no fancy description, as we had no menu for what we had), followed by a plate of vegetables – a parsnip puree, pea and (I think) celeriac puree, baby carrot, roast artichoke, green asparagus and a caramelised vinaigrette. We had to pass on dessert – simply no room! A bottle of local Sancerre rouge (from pinor noir family) went down a treat.

Exotic vegetable plate at Le Lion d'Or restaurant, Amboise

Exotic vegetable plate at Le Lion d’Or restaurant, Amboise

The service was friendly and prompt, and the dining room very atmospheric with its high ceilings, traditional décor and views of the river. The walk back to our B&B was perfect – the sun was casting its last dwindling rays at the castle walls, and we were walking along the River Loire. Bliss.

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Nic is the the ‘Bon’ part of ‘Bontaks.’ Together we are Nic and John – two travel-addicted teachers who enjoy every opportunity to go places, meet people and experience life.

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