France: Loire Valley

Central Vineyards of the Loire

The wines of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and their neighbours
By Jim Budd

This Guide was last updated on 23 April 2011
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C'heu l'Zib, Menetou-Salon ©BrettJones

Chez (C’heu) l’Zib

Address: 2 Route des Aix d'Angillon, 18510 Menetou Salon
Tel: 02 48 64 81 20  Fax: 02 48 64 04 18
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 47:13:48N (47.22995)     Longitude: 2:29:39E (2.49424)  

This delightful, rustic restaurant is almost in a time capsule – taking you back to the days in France when dishes were brought to the table and you helped yourself. Portions are copious and a healthy appetite is appreciated. A typical meal might start with some home made terrine, followed by pike in a variation on a beurre blanc sauce with a little added cream. Then rabbit in a rich sauce or garlicky pieces of chicken with parsley before moving onto the cheese board including a selection of Crottins de Chavignol. For dessert their rich chocolate charlotte is likely to be the centrepiece perhaps with a dish of cooked Mirabelle plums and another of prunes in red wine. Aromas of winey stews, a cluttered room with a sagging, timbered ceiling, elderly ladies negotiating tight spaces with overloaded trays of food, and no menu. Loire soul food that is moderately priced.

Useful information: Menus: €28 - €38. Open lunchtimes except Wednesdays. Dinner by reservation only except Wednesdays and Sundays.

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