We actually passed L’Auberge des Templiers, a Relais and Chateau Hotel, while looking for it on the way from Sully sur Loire to Bourges. It is an inauspicious looking place from the road in an inauspicious looking neighborhood and not much in the way of signage.
The hotel has been a famous road house since medieval times and earned one Michelin star for its fine restaurant in 1952. The star has been retained ever since and is currently under the direction of Master Chef Yoshihiko Miura.
The plaque on the front gate announces the restaurant’s status as one of the great tables of the world. I was getting hungry already.
From our room we could see the pool surrounded by lovely grounds. I was hot and looking forward to a nice cool dip. Luz collected a new copy of the Relais et Chateau guide on the way through the lobby and Les Grande Tables du Monde too.
I was already in my bathing suit and flip flops and on my way to the pool. What a beautiful walk it was under those great mature trees.
Now we skip to later that night, when I finally got to try all the delicious food I’d been waiting for all day.
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Chef Yoshihiko Miura came out to take a bow when we finished our main courses:
Then, finally, it was time for dessert, and that experience was just as adventurous as the main course:
For those of us who weren’t overcome by sugar and cream, a selection of extraordinary fruit gelees and other delightful bits were offered that could have been a dessert in themselves.
And, of course, coffee at the end. We needed to wake up enough to walk to our rooms.