Le Dix Septième Angers

Le dix septième is a ‘restaurant bistronomique’ (their words not mine) that opened in Angers last year. Just a couple of steps away from the 400 Coups cinema it’s an old town house that has been refurbished. A beautiful old stone staircase leads upstairs to 3 separate dining rooms each one leading off the other. Decor is a bit predictable – rather too much lime green and grey for my liking and rather hastily painted but I’m nit picking here. It’s just that the building itself is really beautiful with lovely slate walls and I don’t understand why they choose to go uber-contemporary rather than stick to historic colours that flatter.

The business menu is available at lunchtimes and costs 25€ for an entrée, plat and cafe gourmand. Smoked salmon served with lime, citrus and mesclun and bresaola, Serrano ham and parmesan shavings were excellent starters. Simple and fresh, beautifully presented and appetising. My main of bream served with fennel and navet ‘chips’ (they’d been blanched, breadcrumbed and deep fried) and a cappuccino of fennel was very good. Veal served façon blanquette in ‘nem pancake’ style was slightly less exciting. Coffee was good and came with a caramel macaron, mini financier and a verrine of crumble.

We had a flute of local Crémant served with a few drops of local saffron syrup and shared a bottle of Clos St André 70% Chenin 30% Chardonnay from J Mourat in the Fiefs Vendéens Mareuil which was really good. A selection of amuses bouches were served with the apero – the French would probably call it a ‘déclinaison’ de potimarron – a little pumpkin soup with a savoury ile flottant, a little sable biscuit with a pumpkin mousse on the top and a spicy purée topped with a bacon chantilly.

The bill was 90€ for everything – the 2 menus, glass of Crémant and bottle of wine. Service was attentive and efficient and the staff were friendly. I’d say that it was reasonable value for money and we’d definitely go back. You’d probably spend quite a bit more than that in the evening without the lunchtime menu option so lunch is the way to go.

le dix septième
6 rue Claveau
02 41 87 92 27