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L'Ange 20

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March 19, 2015 / French / By
Anna

So this begins with one of those little moments of epiphany - when enlightenment pours in. Or it could be a Homer Simpson “doh!” moment. This lovely little restaurant in Paris’s Marais district (4th Arrondissement) is in a small street called Rue Geoffroy L’ Angevin, very close to the hotel where I was staying.

A little historical diversion: Geoffroy was the first name of a number of Counts of Anjou, about a thousand years ago. The family became dynastically intertwined with both ruling houses of England and France - a bit like batting for both sides in a potentially more deadly game than cricket. Exactly which Count Geoffroy is being celebrated by having a street named after him, I really don’t know. Could be Geoffroy the First, Geoffrey the Second, or any number of subsequent Counts of Anjou named Geoffroy. One thing is for certain though: Geoffroy is pronounced “Joffrey” in French, so there’s a certain resonance there. Games more deadly than cricket, if you get my drift.

On the back of a very good set of recommendations from TripAdvisor, plus closeness, we had to give it a try. With the Slightly Shorter of the two Junior Tall Guys (JTG #1) as my travelling companion, we headed off to make a reservation, all the time referring to the restaurant as “L’Ange Twenty” - for so the sign said: “L’Ange 20”. Then moment of epiphany - this is France, dummy! People speak French here, so “L’Ange Vingt” - the Angevin. Clever, eh….or “doh!”

A couple of hours, several glasses of red wine and plates of food later, we can fully understand why L’ Ange 20 rates so highly with visitors. It was a pretty cosmopolitan set of diners - very easy to say this because the place is delightfully small and it’s almost impossible not to hear what’s being said to either side and across the room. You can also make little snatches of passing conversation and momentary friendships, if you don’t let your “politesse Anglais” get in the way.

I counted the number of chairs: twenty, so make sure you have a reservation. This is a very popular place and don’t be late either - they have a very strict rule of five minutes beyond your appointed time and the table/seats are given away to anyone waiting….and there will be people waiting. It’s that good.

Small, cosy, friendly waiting staff, a sensibly sized menu and kitchen staff working in close proximity to the diners all make for fast and efficient service. Any entrée and main, or a main and a dessert will cost a standard €25. All three costs €33. You can buy your wine by the glass, or there’s a good selection of French wines: red, white and bubbly, starting at around €20 and going up to €60, if you really want to splash out. The eventual size of your bill will largely be determined by what you choose to order or not order from the wine list, but there shouldn’t be any nasty surprises. If there are two of you having two courses and you add a €36 bottle of St Émilion, then you can expect not too much change from €100.

But, hey: don’t just take my word for it. Read what lots of other satisfied diners have said about L’Ange 20 right here.

L'Ange 20

Country: France

Province/State: Paris

City: Le Marais

Address: 8 Rue Geoffroy L'Angevin

Zip/Post Code: 75004 Paris

Location Tips: Opposite the Pompidou Centre

Phone: +33 1 40 27 93 67

Website:http://www.lange20.com...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

Lovely story. I miss Paris!
Katie Schenk
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