We went to the northern part of the Charente Maritime today, the primary goal was to close our bank account there since French banks do not really operate nationwide. We'd already opened a new one at the same bank, but in the Charente, hence we needed to drive all the way to Niort.
On our way back we decided to stop in Saint Jean d'Angely and check out a restaurant we always wanted to try. One evening way back we had dessert there , the chef was very approachable about Celiacs, so we really wanted to try his savory food.
Le Petit Bouchon, which traditionally points to a Lyon type restaurant, not so much with high end cooking, but atmosphere and good, fresh food.
All that points towards the possibility of gluten free! The place is very small inside, maybe 24 seats, the whole place cannot have more than 600 sqft, toilet included. The kitchen is very open and a conversation with the chef is very easy, as he can overhear patrons in the whole dining room.
Our waitress spoke fluent english, it is really funny that I always start conversations in french and inevitably they say, "Would you rather speak english with me?", Which either means they are proud of their language skills, or more likely, my french still sucks....
Anyway, we explained all dietary restrictions and after a short conference with the chef we settled on an Entrecote with a nice cream sauce for Victoria and my favorite bistro food, Veal kidneys.
Both dishes came with their version of french fries, we would call them home fried potatoes in Canada. All fresh, all well spiced and perfect lunch size.
There are gluten free dessert options, Victoria chose Pannacotta, while I had a not gluten free chocolate cake.
If you find yourself in the vicinity of St. Jean d'Angely, we broke the place in for you.
Le Petit Bouchon, 4 Place Du Marche, 17400 Saint Jean d'Angely
LE PETIT BOUCHON
THE OPEN KITCHEN
FROM THE HALLWAY
SMALL, BUT FINE MENU
ENTRECOTE WITH FRITES MAISON AND A GF MUSHROOM SAUCE
VEAL KIDNEYS "PERSILADE" (PARSLEY AND GARLIC)
AND FOR DESSERT?
HOUSE MADE PANNA COTTA