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“Unique eating experience”

Monument Cafe Chateau d'Angers
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Ranked #52 of 437 Restaurants in Angers
Price range: US$16 - US$34
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Description: Venez decouvrir le nouveau restaurant du chateau d'Angers. Monument cafe s'implante au coeur du chateau en partenariat avec le centre des monuments nationaux.
England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Unique eating experience”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Without doubt, this was the most baffling experience I've ever had in an eating venue. It was also great fun. There is no conventional menu, where you choose a starter/main course/dessert. Instead, you have what I believe is called a 'taster' menu - several small portions of starters and desserts, with a main course and coffee, for a set price. If you eat with others, it's worth choosing as wide a range as you can - it won't be long before you're 'sampling'!
The food was excellent. Some examples - the main course was a beef casserole with couscous, and was very tender, starters included finely chopped beetroot with cream cheese, chopped tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil. There was also quiche as the main course, which was delicious. Desserts - raspberry mousse, which chocolate mousse.
Once we'd fathomed the system and made our choices, the meal was really very good. The food was very carefully prepared and extremely tasty.
The staff were mainly young and well trained. The young man who served us was a catering student and was keen to practise his English. He was exceptionally polite and attentive, and he made our lunch really special.

The location is really delightful. The whole chateau is well worth a visit. It's a real 'chateau fort', full of history, and the Apocalypse tapestry is a real must for history buffs.

  • Visited July 2014
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“French cuisine experience”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

Express service. Limited selection of food. Translations were not displayed of what individual dishes were. No sandwiches/rolls served. Pleasantly surprised at how much the kids ate - typical kids menu at 10 euro - rice mixed with prawns for starter, fish with mushrooms and courgette with couscous and chocolate mousse for pudding with an orange capri sun. Toilets not located in café.

Visited July 2014
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Canberra, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“surprisingly innovative institutional cafe”
Reviewed 22 June 2014

It's a buffet with a difference. For 16 euro you get a choice of 3 starters, 1 main and 3 deserts. The quality of all the dishes was great and they were very creative. Congratulations to the chef for turning a museum cafe into something I would go back to. (next time I visit the chateau)

  • Visited June 2014
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“excellent lunch”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Much enjoyed a lunch here - helped by a sunny day so that we could sit outside and admire the chateau gardens. Good food. lunch concept was serve yourself to a couple of small starters, a main and a couple of small desserts. All nicely done - a very pleasant meal in a superb location

  • Visited April 2014
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Inverkip, United Kingdom
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“Relax in style!”
Reviewed 27 December 2013

Chateau d'Angers has many different buildings and spacious beautiful gardens, plus the unique Apocalypse Gallery. It means, you spend a lot of time, walking around the grounds. You need desperately a break. So you find yourself at the Monument Café. Usually the cafeterias at the castles have basic menu and basic service. Not this one anyway. The menu is excellent for a cafeteria, the dishes wonderfully presented and the decoration of the tables significant. It's a small place in modern style but with many features kept from the past. There is a screen on the main wall and the video concerning Chateau d'Angers, goes from one building to another, explaining the details. It's useful information for the guests and in case they visit the cafeteria before seeing the Castle, they will find a lot of useful information there. It's not cheap but not expensive too, because the quality of the food isn't cheap at all. On the contrary there are a lot of special dishes and if you are lucky to be there during the lunch buffet time, you'll try things that you haven't tried before. Unfortunately we arrived late, but we enjoyed our coffees and some very fresh sweets. It's a chance for the Castle's visitors to relax in style!

  • Visited October 2013
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