L'Akan (Tours)

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A trip to L’Akan? Not to Jacques Lacans’ but to the land of the Akan people, who live in the West African countries of Ghana and the Ivory Coast! Chef Michael Amon-Aka (who trained at the Institut Paul Bocuse) is a worthy ambassador at his chic restaurant (blue couches, green walls, wax print cushions). The night we went, the pompous staff clashed a little bit with the uninhibited plates and the Ivorian chef’s inspirations: dashing grilled shrimp over an African eggplant tapenade with garlicky croutons; an incredible small bass grilled whole and paired with tangy cassava semolina called attiéké – or an excellent amphibious combo of roasted chicken and smoked haddock moistened by a jus de viande, over a bed of black rice – a hard-to-find delicacy sourced from the village of Offa; before a classic pineapple dessert dolled up with rum and served with a verbena crème pâtissière. // A.A.

FEELING THIRSTY? Drinks from both Europe and Africa: a kir cocktail made with hibiscus and sparkling Vouvray (€6.50 a glass), an organic Bourgueil red from Le Clos des Quarterons (€28 a bottle), Ivorian Flag beer (€5 for 330 ml)…

PRICE: Menu €34.

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