It’s clear and simple – in Anjou, we love good food! And the proof is that some restaurants fill up every night without fail. You even sometimes have to book weeks in advance to reserve a table at the Michelin-starred Lait Thym Sel or at the excellent Chinese restaurant Dazuma. It’s hard not to indulge when you have restaurateurs that offer such delicious, inventive and innovative cuisine made with extremely high quality local produce. You only have to take a drive through the Loire Valley to see for yourself – with its vegetable tunnels, orchards and crops of all kinds, the region grows a fabulous range of produce, giving local chefs inspiration for their recipes.
The dishes of Anjou’s gastronomic restaurants reflect the flavours and colours of these incredible products, like the edible flowers on the menu of the top-end vegan restaurant Ronin. Such cuisine keeps our senses turned on and sharpens the palate, introducing it to new flavours, while the superb presentation of the dishes offers a treat for the eyes.
Two Michelin-star restaurants
In Angers, one chef currently hold the Michelin Guide’s highly sought-after star. Gaëtan Morvan is Angers’ Michelin-star chef. Since opening his restaurant Lait Thym Sel, with his wife Fanny, he very quickly won the favour of gourmet food lovers. His tiny restaurant in the Doutre quarter, a few steps from the Abbaye du Ronceray – which we recommend a look at by the way – is constantly full. Dishes include Oyster and truffled Pecorino, La Rochelle cod with black garlic, and a sorrel and caramel dessert. With beautifully presented plates, subtle associations and perfectly balanced flavours, Lait Thym Sel has all the ingredients for a unique culinary experience. What are you waiting for?
Outside the town, in the heart of the vineyards in Champ-sur-Layon, you will find La Table de la Bergerie, the second Michelin-star restaurant in the Angevin area. Here, a concise and seasonally based menu is prepared with the utmost skill by chef David Guitton. The restaurant serves the organic wines of Domaine de la Bergerie, the family’s estate. La Table de la Bergerie is the ideal place for a luxury gourmet moment while exploring the scenery of the Corniche Angevine, which winds between the Loire and hills of vines.
Top eateries around every corner
While some chefs have already managed to win Michelin recognition, others are reaching for the stars. This is clearly the ambition of the brilliant chef Charles Mélisson whose high-end gastronomic restaurant Ronin offers cuisine that is entirely plant-based. His dishes are real works of art and his meticulous plant-based creations take diners into unexplored culinary lands. His giant walnut shaped dessert, for example, offers a perfect trompe l’oeil and is an utter pleasure to eat. You’ll want to order another! And while stars are the goal for some, there are others who opt to let them go. Gérard Bossé, a Michelin-star holder for 15 years, gave up his star and renamed his restaurant Île as Presqu’île. The new concept offers a combination of high-end restaurant, wine shop, delicatessen and gallery for a different experience which we are sure you’ll love.
Restaurants such as L’Hoirie, Le Moulin du Cavier and the Château de Noirieux are some of the other major names on the Angevin gastronomic culinary scene. More recently, a wave of ‘bistronomic’ restaurants has also inundated the city, offering a wide selection of eateries with more affordable prices and excellent, inventive and modern cuisine. Among them, some of the most popular with locals are La Rue Sauvage, Autour d’un cep, Sens, Aux jeunes Pousses, L’ardoise, Osé and Le Pois Gourmand. For a mouthwatering culinary moment between visiting the city sights and the surrounding area, you’ll have plenty of choice.