4 meals:Cantine du Quentin, Symphles de Os a Moelle , Le Petit Prince, Relais de l’Entrecote.
In addition to the Spring report posted before I ate at the following last week:
After arriving early last Monday from and spending too much time picking up a few things I ended up near Relais de l’Entrecote in the 6th on rue Saint-Benoit at 2 pm [they also have a location in the 8th on rue Marbeuf.] A solid reliable place for the only thing that they serve—steak with some of the best frites in Paris accompanied by their “secret sauce” preceded by a salad dressed with walnuts for 23 euros. I have had many meals here solo like this one and with my wife and have never been disappointed. I got a demi of bordeaux and skipped cheese or dessert.
The next day I had lunch at Cantine du Quentin steps from the Canal St. Martin on rue Bichat in the 10th. They describe themselves as an Epicerie Fine, Caviste and Restaurant. I arrived at 1230, was seated in an empty restaurant which quickly filled with business people from the area. There was one man buying delicacies and wine when I arrived. I had an entrée of pate compagne fait maison after inquiring whether the pate foie gras was made on the premises and finding that it was not. It was excellent and served with a small salad. For the plat I chose the ravioli Royan with cream, chives, pesto and shaved parmesan, it was sublime. I finished with a cheese plate of 4 cheeses. With a 50 cl pichet of Cote du Blaye and café the totasl was 39 euros. Note: I was the only Anglophone and the carte was in French.
That evening I went to Le Petit Prince on the rue Ecole Polytechnique in the 5th with a friend who lives in the area and is friends with the owner. Kir for an aperitif. We split the duck plate which is listed on the carte as a meal for one or an entrée for 2, it is duck in all its forms—confit, pate, foie gras [roasted] carpaccio, etc. accompanied by a salad with duck gesiers. We both opted for the plat du jour which was a shank of lamb cooked for 4 hours in aromatic vegetables, it was excellent. We chose a bottle of Morgon. We finished with a sorbet and chocolate ice cream accompanied by a menthe liqueur. The total was around 80 Euros. My friend was not able to finish more than a couple of bites of her lamb and was given the remainder in a container upon request. They even stored her fold up little bicycle under the coat rack! The décor of the place is sort of overblown -- red velvet and gilded mirrors, it is what many visualize when the they think of a Paris restaurant, and the wait staff is friendly and gay. That night we were the only Anglophones there although in the past I have heard others; the carte was in French only
On Thursday I traveled out to Marie d’Issy at the end of Metro line 12 to try the newest venture of the L’Os a Moelle: Les Symples de L’Os a Moelle. It is at 18 avenue de la Republic steps from the metro. Based on the same set up as Le Cave L’Os a Moelle it is a table d’ hote. The menu says: formula unique 22 euros, salades and crudités, terrines maison, soupe, plat du jour, fromages, desserts. Wine of course was extra, there is a blackboard with the choices, I had a pichet 50 cl of a red for 11 euros. It is small, has tables rather than the benches at Le Cave and is brighter. There are high tables with stools that seat that seat 17 and tables that seat 14. the front and part of the sides are all glass. The other difference from Le Cave is that all dishes are brought to the table by the wait staff. First they cover your table with stacked terrines and bowls: betterave salade, chou salade, penne with pesto, chives and chopped peppers, pate compagne and pate boudin, tomato salade and celery remoulade, you take as much as you want of each. When a table is finished they move them to the next diners’ table. I was then brought a bowl of pumpkin soup, the plat was a brandade du hadock, a nice croquette like brandade ofsalted smoked hadock , an interesting change from brandade du morue[cod]. Then the assiette du fromage is presented, there was one cow cheese and 6 goat cheeses to choose from. After that was removed and one felt that you could not eat one thing more an array of tempting desserts is presented. I observed the two men that had been seated before me protest and indicate that they would not or could not eat anymore, they soon started looking at the desserts and dug in. I did the same. There were prunes, spiced pears, fruit salad, a terrine of wonderful tender crème reversee’, an apple crumble, a rice pudding to die for accompanied by a bowl of candied orange rinds.
After dessert I ordered coffee and it was presented along with a large platter of spice cake and pound cake! This is a place where you do not need a large wallet but you do need a huge appetite. The food was of high quality and service was excellent. In addition to the party of 2 mentioned there were 2 other twosomes in the place at lunchtime. I was the only English speaker. I should note that the wait staff here did not speak much English which was not a problem.
Very nice! I'm very interested in the new Os a Moelle, as well as the Cantine du Quentin. I'll have to try these out. Thanks for the recommendations!
I'm also eager to check out Le Petit Prince, if only to cringe at the décor. With a name like that, there's no avoiding the "whimsical" thing, is there?