“L’INSTANT PRÉSENT” – OUR FINE DINING RESTAURANT
« Gastronomy is the art of using food to create happiness »
Our restaurant L’Instant Présent is a centrepiece within Château de Valinches. It boasts a prestigious decor with exposed stone walls and elegant lighting, and is run by our Chef and his kitchen brigades. The Chef regularly updates the restaurant’s unique bistro-style gastronomy menu to offer our guests exceptional culinary experiences, for lunch, dinner, over a weekend, for an overnight stop, or over a longer stay in France’s Forez region, close to Saint-Étienne and Lyon.
Authentic, gourmet cuisine with quality produce
Bistro-style gastronomy, or “bistronomy”, always places food at the heart of the culinary experience, offering a variety of flavours thanks to numerous cooking techniques. Our Chef at L’Instant Présent takes pride in using produce from trustworthy farmers who know their regional specialities inside out. Supported by his team of kitchen staff, he transforms high-quality raw ingredients into elegant, refined dishes. Our cuisine shines the spotlight on the food on the plate: fruit and vegetables sourced locally from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes suppliers, river-caught Arctic char, farmhouse capon, Label Rouge-certified lamb, etc.
For the perfect accompaniment to our homemade cuisine, our wine cellar offers a rich range of wines and Champagnes, tastefully selected by our staff of connoisseurs. Our wines are available at a set price with your meal, to take away, or to cater for all your events.
A sophisticated setting suited to all occasions
L’Instant Présent comprises a variety of dining spaces, meaning we can cater for all types of culinary experiences.
- The main dining room exhales a welcoming and cosy atmosphere and is open for lunchtime bookings from Monday to Sunday (gift vouchers are also available for purchase).
- The tasting lounge is ideal for convivial get-togethers.
- Private salons are available for private or corporate gatherings of up to 30 attendees.
- Weather allowing, lunch and dinner are sometimes served on the terrace.
- Group catering is available (up to 200 attendees).
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A sustainable approach for an inclusive cuisine
Nature and heritage are two core values that underpin the tradition of Domaine et Château de Valinches, which is why the bistronomic menu of our L’Instant Présent restaurant favours local supply chains, involving quality producers based in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.
The restaurant Chef and his kitchen brigade are looking to grow certain varieties of vegetables and aromatic herbs themselves in a vegetable garden on Domaine et Château de Valinches grounds using permaculture, a sustainable farming technique that yields 100% organic, pesticide-free produce. With the unparalleled taste that comes with permaculture farming, the dishes served at L’Instant Présent burst with flavour.
Our Chef and his team adopt an inclusive approach to take into account the preferences and specificities of each of our guests (vegetarian options available). The restaurant’s menu is regularly updated in accordance with seasonal product timelines, but also to offer our guests new culinary experiences each time.
Our team will be happy to help with any group reservations, so feel free to get in touch!