I wanted to at least start on my trip reports so I am beginning with eating out. We had some wonderful meals, mostly at small restos one with only 13 places and most spoke no English. Our first lunch was at Le Saint Amour-Mr Lenoir E. at 19, rue Etienne Marcel 1er. It has about 17 places and at noon had only a few patrons. The way Mr Lenoir told us about what was on the board was to show us the orders as he delivered them to the tables and said what they were in French.
Eric is the prop/chef/bar keep and tabac operator. And he is a wonderful chef. And does an excellent job pairing the wines with your meal.For entree, I had the pate maison du canard w/toast points. It was excellent. My husband had the herring salad, also very good. We both had the saucisse plate for mains and I have never had such a wonderful assortment of cold sausages ever. Superb! I also had the maison desert w/cognac and other liqueur sauce. Seriously delicious.
He has about 3 daily entrees and 4 mains plus 2 desert specials each day and if you blink walking past you might miss it. But it is a good choice for lunch when in the Les Halles area.
The next day was Sancerre 7e, which we visit each trip. We did not need reservations here for lunch. She always has a lovely omelette and a quiche. We had one of each, and as always, very good. This is a wine bar and she sets the bottle down and charges you for what you drink. We have always encountered locals there, no tourists except us. And of course, the fresh oysters are always a treat! And she shucks them outside the window. Her Crème Brule is somewhat different than traditional and excellent. And the daily special plum tart was outstanding.
On Thursday, at the suggestion of one of the usual posters here, we chose L’Ecluse Madeleine. An excellent choice. They specialize in Bordeaux and the daily choices are excellent. Both white and red. I had the best onion soup I have ever eaten. The soup is served in a bowl with the croutons and cheese separate. You simply add what you want. Oh and that soup….luscious! We had the daily special: Filet boeuf stroganoff, which was also excellent. And the Gateau de chocolate was pure chocolate heaven. At lunch it was filled with business people and well-to-do matrons. Always fun to people watch. Reservations are a must here for lunch.
Friday, we chose Le Brandevin-16e. Another repeat for us. And again, a wine bar. We didn’t have reservations, we just arrived a bit early. The waiter chose some excellent wine pairings. I had a dry-fruity white that was superb. And what a super meal that was. It was raining and she lets us sit until the staff had finished their meal, then came to serve us. Joe had the marinated green beans, always a good choice. But my asparagus-white fat spears- with hollandaise- was outstanding. And again we choose the daily specials. Joe a fillet-boring…but I had the coquille Saint-Jaques and it was to die for. Apparently many agreed with me because after about an hour that special was erased from the board. The daily desert specials looked very tempting and although full, we had the pear tart and as always there, outstanding. The wait staff is very attentive and helpful. And we are never disappointed with the food. Again, mainly locals at lunch.
Saturday was Fish La Boissonnerie, and as this is a fav of many on this board, I’ll only add, as usual, it didn’t disappoint. We didn’t have reservations and at about 13h00, they were turning people away. They open at 12:30 on Saturday. Cont.