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Le SAOTICO --- Absolutely wonderful!

jock Apr 30, 2013 06:58 AM

The second of two great finds this trip; the first being Goust.

This gem at 96 Rue Richelieu was, I think, our favorite meal of the whole trip. Likely won't get any stars like Goust but it is going to be on our list for every visit if it remains on this level.

Lovely room, nicely appointed. Efficient and attentive service. Superb food with nice presentation. A la Carte lunch for 4 with two bottles of wine and cafe was only 233E. Had we opted for the entre/plat/desert formule (18.50E) the tab would have been 150E.

Every plate was spot on - no duds or weak ones.

Entrees - asperge blanche (2), pequillo peppers stuffed with brandade de moreau and oeuf en gelee.

Plats - foie de veau with red onions and chorizo (2) (perfect), filet thon (perfect0 and pave de rumstaek with gratin (again perfect).

Deserts - Vacherin, riz au lait, moelleux au chocolat and gratin de fruits.

If there is weak spot it is the wine list. Actually very weak given the quality of everything else. Prices are very reasonable but the selections could definitely be improved. That said, we found a very good Sancerre (28) and an excellent 2005 Ch Pradeaux Bandol (45).

They also have sandwiches and omelettes they sell on the street for what I would call dirt cheap. Didn't try them but I cannot imagine they would be anything but very good 3-5E. 25cl pression - 2.50E.

They have been there for three years near our apartment and I cannot, for the life of me figure out why I have never heard of it before. It is a gem.

  1. Delucacheesemonger Oct 2, 2013 06:44 AM

    Finally got to Saotica today for the first time.
    Looking at the outside which appears as something out of a bar in an old Jean Gabin film, l was a bit worried. Reservations had been made on La Fourchette.

    Once inside a lovely two story restaurant in many bits of black and white, nice tables and linen.
    One of the owners, a very friendly woman greeted us and led us up to a lovely corner table upstairs.
    We ordered a large bottle of Badoit and a large Vittel, each of which was the least expensive l have seen in any restaurant in Paris, 4+ euros.
    The menu is on a chalkboard and the items ordered were the tender aiguillette of duck, profiteroles with chanterelles, dorade and boudin noir.

    Each item came to the table hot and delicious, the waiter smiled all the time, the owner checked often to see if we were happy, and boy were we.

    Meal as listed for 2 with the big waters, one glass of excellent Gigondas, and one dessert and a TIP was 88 euros.

    Would go back in a flash

    Thanks Jock.

    1. John Talbott Apr 30, 2013 11:39 PM

      One reason it's good is that it's run by the same team that made Le Reminet great.

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      1. re: John Talbott
        jock May 1, 2013 03:39 PM

        Blows Reminet away. Big time.

      2. r
        ragged25 Apr 30, 2013 11:57 AM


        This place sounds great. Do they have a prix fixe for dinner? If so, do you recall how much it costs?

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        1. re: ragged25
          jock Apr 30, 2013 12:21 PM

          I suspect they do but I did not see it. The a la carte meal we had at lunch was on the ardoise and it is used at dinner also.

          1. re: jock
            oferl May 1, 2013 02:41 AM

            Thanks for the details :-) I cannot judge from their site on size of place and if they advice for reservations on weekdays - Do you think i can add this to my "walk in" options for a lunch or even dinner in the area ? Lunch more important, i would like to have a couple of options for walk in rather then being "tied" to specific places and reservations, and this place looks relevant.

            1. re: oferl
              jock May 1, 2013 03:40 PM

              You probably could but always best to reserve even if at the last minute.

              1. re: jock
                oferl May 2, 2013 05:20 AM

                Sure, thanks :-)

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