1. Restaurants
  2. Région Pays de la Loire
  3. Département de la Loire-Atlantique (44)
  4. Nantes (44000)
  5. City of Nantes


After stints in the US and the Vendée (Les Genêts), Xavier Rambaud has settled down on an intimate little street in Nantes, in a space with massive stone walls, a riveted bar and quirky light fixtures. Brought out lickety-split the day we went for lunch: crispy breaded chicken with coriander, mozzarella and red cabbage; fresh meagre with cumin, yuzu and daikon radish, plus a few mussels in a coconut-redcurrant emulsion; before a reinvigorating apple compote deglazed in whiskey, plus lime sorbet under a thick cloud of fromage blanc.

FEELING THIRSTY? Wines from here (Montlouis-sur-Loire from the Domaine Les Pierres Ecrites at €6 a glass, a Muscadet from the Domaine de la Chauvinière at €31 a bottle) and elsewhere (a Côtes-du-Roussillon red from Le Mas Christine at €32).

PRICE: Menus €18-24 (lunch), €38 to €55 (dinner).

Getting there

Restaurant Ici
1, rue Léon Blum
TEL: +33 2 40 48 62 27