Our dinner destination was the distinguished La Cigale brasserie, right around the corner from our hotel in the Place Graslin.
Stepping through the heavy, gilt-edged front doors was like taking a giant leap back in time. The heavy wood furnishings and fin-du-siècle decor inside the warm dining room whispered of eras gone by.
In Paris, I would have found this setting quite daunting, and awaited l’addition with some trepidation. Not so in Nantes, however, where Max and I enjoyed a sumptuous 3 course meal, complete with aperitif and a bottle of wine for less than 90 euros.
We then set off on rather a laughable search for an after dinner drink. But luck was not on our side as nearly every neighbourhood bar that Max remembered from his university days had turned into either a takeaway kebab store or a Mezzo di Pasta. Finally, admitting defeat we returned to the hotel and had a nightcap there instead.
The lendemain we rose early and decided to enjoy our petit-dej au café. Well rested and with some delicious pastries and fresh juice and chocolat chaud in our stomachs, we set off on our next destination; the seaside town of La Baule.
To be continued…
Interior of La Cigale brasserie image courtesy of El próximo viaje / Victoriamdq on Flickr.
Mezzo di Pasta logo image ocurtesy of Dernier Exile on Flickr.