Château de Versailles
(Only open to château ticket holders)
Tel: 01 39 20 08 32
Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm (until 6pm April-October)
The dining room (photo by Angelina's)
In 2011 the famous Angelina Salon du Thé opened a new location at the Château de Versailles. Located in the Orleans Gallery at the end of the Grands Appartements (signs point the way), the entrance to the Angelina Versailles tearoom is a large boutique selling chocolate mix, candles and candies to go. To the right is a casual take-away style counter with sandwiches and salads and a few tall tables for standing while eating a quick bite.
The restaurant has several rooms, not fancy but elegant. The carpeting kept the noise down, and even though it was over 80°F outside, we were nice and cool (not sure if it was A/C or the fact that the sun was still on the other side of the courtyard). The menu for lunch includes croquet monsieur (€13) and club sandwiches (€14), as well as larger gourmet salads (€19) and heart dishes like rack of lamb (€24) or seared scallops (€28). The lamb smelled delicious, the club sandwiches are huge, and I liked my foie gras salad (with green beans and avocado, and a choice of dressings on the side), but I thought the croquet-monsieur looked pretty sad.
Of course, most people don’t go to Angelina’s for the food. They go for dessert. My client was more than happy with his pot of hot chocolate à l’Africain (€6.90) with its own little cup of whipped cream, and I enjoyed my Saori (a Japanese lime cheesecake with raspberry jelly and a white chocolate coating, €7.20). It wasn't full when I was there on a Thursday in September (but perhaps it would be packed on a weekend in July, so I highly recommend making reservations). It's the perfect place to have a quiet meal before visiting the gardens and Marie-Antoinette’s Domain.
A nice club sandwich and foie gras salad.
Totally unconvinced by this sloppy croque monsieur.
My Japanese cheesecake.
The official "chocolat chaud" (photo by Angelina's).