After all these years eating in France we finally found the perfect meal. OK, we've had lots of memorable ones but this experience was really wonderful. Tasty food, seated at a nicely placed table, very friendly service, not too crowded, paced perfectly, only English speakers in the place,ambiance, noise level, fairly priced-all those check boxes imprtant to us were nailed spot on. As often, we began with a refreshing kir (very large one too), my wife had oeuffs muerrette (one of my favs too) as a beginning dish-oh my was it tasty-while I started with steamed leeks w/herbs. Her next course was steak frites, but think filet mignon about 2" thick and perfectly medium rare. My main course was another favorite of mine, chicken in morel sauce-nice big morels in a divine sauce with the perfect rice pilaf. Though not on the menu, we had read they occasionally served St. Marcellin cheese from the queen at Les Halles Paul Bocuse in Lyon and having just come from there, we were still craving this fromage. When we asked our wonderful server if it was available, he came as close as I can describe for a waiter in France to being impressed by mere Americans, and gave us a smile, eyebrow wag and said they did indeed have it; they served it with the wrapper underneath so you could see that indeed it came from her in Lyon. My wife next had a lovely 'floating island', merangue caramel in creme anglais while I had another first, baba rhum. This one served as a large, muffin shaped airy sponge cake, with a few pieces of mandarin orange on the plate and a bowl of chantilly. Next a bottle of rum was placed on the table, the server cut the cake in two asked if he could serve the rum, I said yes please, and he poured just the right amount on the cake so it soaked in to a perfect consistency. This was not ordinary rum either, but a filled with flavor, honey colored, liquid heaven. So good! Two expressos rounded out the meal. Almost 3 hours of bliss only cost 174 eoros including tip so we headed back to our apartment for a well earned nap! Now every Paris trip will include a meal here and I would recommend to all for an experience in how it should be to eat in France.
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