This was the first restaurant me and my friend tried on our vacation in Paris. We made reservations a week ahead for the prix fixe lunch menu (30€ for 3 courses).
Location and Ambience:
While located in the southern part of central Paris (next to the Expo), it is easy to reach due to the tight metro system. The restaurant is quite small and crowded, as is common in Paris, and the atmosphere is very bustling and energetic. The place was quite full even though we arrived early, and got packed later on. It was not too loud though. The decor is modern and pleasent.
We were served by two waitresses throughout the meal, who served the entire place. We were given the large menu on a board and were asked to hold it upright, which was funny but cute. Our waitress was young, very energetic and friendly - and spoke good English when our French broke-down. The other waitress was also very friendly and had decent English. Overall the service was very good, despite being slow (which is not a fault - it is a principal to enjoy a long meal in France). Though both serveurs were running around the place, they were very efficient.
The food was very "warm" and home-y in a sense, and was very well executed and presented throughout our meal. We started with a remoulade of beets and salmon, which was simply excellent with both the freshness of the fish and the fresh combination of flavours. A dish of oysters on green risotto was very delicate and balanced.
For the main course I had a puff pastry filled of thin with duck meat and liver, with a small green-leaf salad on the side. While the salad was completely out-of-place (perhaps just green decoration), the duck pastry was juicy, steaming and delicious. It would fit right next to a fire place and a large comfortable bed...
My friend had rabbit legs rolled with ham, along with caramelized vegetables on a chickpea puree. While the presentation was great and the dish very tasty, it was not stellar as rabbit often tastes like chicken and the combination did not make it something new.
For dessert we shared a "Baba Rum" - a sponge cake with which a large bottle of Rum was served. We were told to use as much Rum as we liked. Fresh whipped cream with vanilla was served on the side. The dessert seemed very popular, and was only decent in our view.
Overall we were very happy with the food (particularly with some dishes). The presentation was nice and the portion - very generous.
Since we had a long day ahead of us, we settled for tap water, though the wine selection is decent. An espresso to end the meal was OK - not burnt, but not particularly fine either. We did not expect more on that front.
Prices and value:
At 30€ for a 3-course meal and 22€ for a 2-course meal, we found such good food to be of very good value. The dishes were also very large and we were completely full at the end.
A great way to open our vacation - really nice, friendly and english-speaking service; large servings of good food, at times even creative and great; good value for your money too!
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