WineDownAustin goes to France–Food!

Final MBA project almost complete and wedding pictures are done! After almost 3 wonderful weeks in France I had to return to reality.  I have only been back for a few weeks, but I have been dreaming about the food! 

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My favorite restaurants in Angers and Paris…

Chez Remi

Chez Remi is a tiny, closet restaurant with roughly 12 tables. A group of 10 of us walked in and took most of the restaurant! I am sure we provided amusing entertainment for the evening. The menu is chalked on the wall and offers a selection of traditional meals. The wine list is diverse and offers something for every price point and palate.

The menu changes daily and offers fresh, farm-to-table food. Everything was perfectly cooked (you never have to worry about that in France!) and so full of flavor! I started with salmon on a bed of mushrooms and carrots, lamb for a main course, and chocolate cake for dessert.

Le Relais

My favorite meal in Angers was at Le Relais. The food was more sophisticated than other restaurants in Angers and the service was amazing. I received personal attention and they were very patient with me as I struggled through the menu. The waiter explained the entire menu, how the food was cooked, what wines he recommended for the pairing, and went as far to educate me on regional food. I learned so much! I had a salad with proscuitto and melon, white fish cooked in beef broth and potatoes, and a fruit tartlet.

When I return to the Anjou region I will definitely stop by Le Relais again!

Les Plantagenets

Les Plantagenets was the hotel restaurant. I ate there twice as I was too tired to venture out after work. It was nice. I ordered the three-course tasting menu both times and tried different dishes. The first visit I had escargot in pastry shell, white fish with vegetables, and a chocolate something was just amazing. The second time I ordered the eggplant and goat cheese, artichoke ravioli, and of course the chocolate something!

Auberge du Champ de Mars

Auberge du Champ de Mars was near our hotel in Paris. We were staying a block from the Eiffel Tower which can result in poor food for crazy prices! We found Auberge while out walking around one evening. It was small, quiet, and intimate so we decided to try it. What a treat! The chef, Philippe Excoffier, is an award winning chef offering a diverse menu.

My fiancé and I started with the eggplant lasagna then moved on to the veal chop and the roasted duck. We could not get enough of the desserts in France so I had chocolate cake (shocker!) and Mr. D had the cheesecake with strawberries.

 La Fontaine de Mars

La Fontaine de Mars was a fun experience. Not the best food in the world, but certainly an experience. I read about the place online and it was highly rated. Apparently, President Obama ate there as well. So, what the heck? We adopted the French lifestyle and went over at 9pm for dinner, but it was packed! The hostess was wonderful and worked us into the schedule. While waiting, she also brought us a plate of sausage and two glasses of Bordeaux to enjoy before dinner. Very sweet! We both had the steak and fries which was enjoyable. It wasn’t the best value for the type of food we ordered, but it was a lively square with tons of people watching. We also discovered we loved Bordeaux!

O’Chateau

O’Chateau is a wine bar/restaurant that offers wine tasting and wine dinners. We opted to do the wine tasting dinner our last night in Paris. It was very entertaining! The wine dinner was held in the cellar room downstairs. We enjoyed  a three-course meal and TONS of wine. The sommelier teaching us about the wine was very funny. I would recommend this place to anyone going to Paris. It is relaxed and offers high quality food and wine for a decent price.

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