L’artiste, Angouleme

L’Artiste Restaurant, 15 Rue Trois Notre Dame, 16000. Angouleme 05 45 38 16 84

This restaurant boasts a very pretty courtyard terrace at the back, between the rear entrance and the Eglise Sainte-Andre.  A board at the front entrance informs you that the terrace will be open provided that the temperature is a minimum of 12 degrees, it is sunny and there is no risk of snow or rain – fair enough!

There is an extensive a la carte menu available but we were tempted by an interesting looking menu du jour.  We both had their tapas de notre facon to start – an attractive plate consisting of a glass of good gazpacho, a little salad, a rather dry little slice of tortilla wrap filled with chicken and avocado and a little pot of taramasalata with pitta bread – so definitely not tapas of the Spanish variety.  It was nice enough but not spectacularly good.

My main course was fillet of croaker –  apparently to be found in the Gironde estuary.  It is a very nice white fish and was served in a champagne sauce which was good – again not particularly memorable but absolutely nothing wrong with it – and Alan had stuffed tomato which he described as a tomato surrounding a giant meat ball.

To finish I had a very good plate of a variety of goats cheeses and Alan had a gateaux de moelleux which he said was also very good.

There is a large – and rather expensive- wine list on offer and the Charente Sauvignon we chose to go with our meal was very good indeed as was the bread served with the meal.

Service was friendly – as was the resident cat – and extremely efficient.

All in all the restaurant has a lot to recommend it – the ambience of the terrace is excellent, the menu was a little different from the normal standard fare and was well presented and the overall experience was enjoyable.

The total price with coffee and wine was 52 euros which seemed about right for the standard of the meal.


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