Après l'école

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It’s already been five years since Solange and Serguei transformed the former elementary school in the village of Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière into a restaurant-wine shop-épicerie, and these days it’s a veritable institution for neo-countryfolk. In this unique spot (think cozy interiors in the winter months, and a beautiful terrace in the summer), everyone is friendly and the bistronomic cuisine is served on lovely ceramic plates. The night we went, we savored: an honest pork and chicken liver terrine, a deviled egg with anchovies, and a well-balanced squash ratatouille, seasoned with spicy salsa; before some plump pork loin, served over fresh haricots verts and almond purée; and for the final course, a graceful and somewhat deconstructed Paris-Brest pastry, which was better than apple-rhubarb crumble with peppery raw cream. // Marcelle Claudepierre 

FEELING THIRSTY? The house also operates as a wine shop, offering you a wealth of possibilities: Miroir Rouge from Simon Batardière in Rablay-sur-Layon (€7.40 a glass), Somnam’bulles, a white pet’ nat’ from Le Mas del Périé (€27 a bottle), Laisse aller…, a Loire red from Simon Rouillard (€16), microbrewery beer from La Baz (€5.50 for 500 ml), locally-produced organic apple juice or hard cider from La Reinette Verte (€3.90 for 250 ml). 
PRICE: À la carte €45-55. 

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