How on earth do you find a restaurant, called 'Le Restaurant'...? One had to think of this scoop... It IS hidden in a corner of a series of small streets, and although very close to Montmartre, one has to make an effort to find it. Part of its undeniable charm is that it IS hidden and therefore often visited only by locals (such as us, she said with a smile, living 30km outside of Paris!)...
We have been there twice and we hope to return more often, as both times it was an absolute treat and even a privilege to eat at Le Restaurant. Everything we consumed was of amazing taste, cooked to perfection (as we ordered it), seasoned with love and attention, all with a taste of ‘let’s surprise our guests with some imaginative seasoning’ and served by a friendly waiter or waitress. Service is not too fast; it seems that in this place people like to LIVE and not only to work – and if you’re not in a hurry (which you are reading this or I would have written in French!!!) – you can enjoy the bistro-esque decoration of the old restaurant, listen to your partner telling you the latest or to the laughter at another table, you can watch people gazing through the windows and reading the card outside while waiting for the next plate to arrive.
Hero Husband’s main course was a whole beautifully cooked and presented fish, I had for this time ‘la pièce du boucher’ (‘the butcher’s choice of cut’ which is what the French call an ‘entrecôte’ but which is NOT what the Swiss call it…); it’s not the dearest bit of beef but a nice, thick slice of juicy grilled meat – and if you want it with a slightly pink heart, you ask for ‘à point’ – just don’t insult the cook by asking for ‘well done’ – this word doesn’t exist in France! The starters were gloriously grilled goats’ cheeses on a bed of salad leaves and for dessert we had an apple-raisin-crumble and a caramelized pear cooked slowly in a light syrup of tea and lemon and surrounded by a warm marmalade of red fruits… heaven at a very much affordable price!
At our first visit (both times on a Sunday, after 1pm) we were nearly the only customers which worried us at the beginning (until we started eating!), so we didn’t know if we were just very lucky – but the second time confirmed our high expectations… this time we had a great many company, amongst other a large table with Americans including a baby, the other guests were French. I actually should NOT write this in English; or it will soon no longer be a sweet Paris secret – but I’m a generous person and you should only get the best! Enjoy.
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