A friend and I had lunch at Café Figue this week, we’re delighted, and we’ll be back. Everything about this restaurant is attractive and satisfying, from the food to the service to the decor. We couldn't have had a better meal or experience.
My pal had a gazpacho soup made with tomato, cantaloupe and ricotta. I had the lamb samosas with vegetables with light African spices and a lively dipping sauce on the side. He then followed with a lieu jaune (pollack) that couldn’t have been fresher (fresh daily, the chef told us), cooked perfectly (I’m a fish nut) and accompanied by vegetables, while I had a tender supreme de volaille with a Caesar’s salad. Everything was fresh and delicious; and the bill for the two appetizers and two mains came to just €43, well worth it.
But just as important was the experience – the waiter is helpful, and the cook, Nadia, is not just talented, she’s a knockout – enthusiastic, warm and friendly, she speaks fluent English (she studied in Providence, RI, for two years), and on her menu successfully combines the flavors of her native Bénin with those of the Island of Reunion and refined French cuisine. She clearly loves her métier. Be sure to speak to Nadia.
It’s unusual in Paris to find tasty, unpretentious but inventive food combined with a genuine warm welcome and no attitude in a lovely setting. Nadia’s more than on the right track, and my finicky friend and I will be back. Highly recommended.
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