Visited on the penultimate evening of our week in Paris and this was one of the best meals we had, however simple.
The restaurant does not claim to be a gourmet paradise or offer a romantic evening. They are quite clear in what they do, in fact there is a big sign on the door to make it absolutely clear: entrecôte as you like with frites and their signature (secret recipe) sauce is the only main course on offer. The place is very bright and clearly packed, so why anyone would enter expecting a gourmet paradise or a secluded candlelit place for a romantic rendezvous is beyond me.
We started with a very pleasant crisp dressed salad with a scattering of walnuts accompanied by the usual chunks of baguette.
All food arrived swiftly and efficiently with a smile. The steak was done as requested and we got two servings, which we hadn't actually expected so I would say the portions are generous. The steak sauce was delicious.
Where the restaurant does go to town is with the wine and dessert menus. We did not have wine but spent some time using our school French to decipher the dessert menu. We had a trio of icecreams with caramel sauce (vanilla, hazelnut, chocolate and a scattering of almond slivers, very good) and a delice de framboise which was a delight (raspberry sorbet and fresh raspberries with a hint of alcohol, so I suspect a little raspberry liqueur in the bottom.)
The service was absolutely fine, in fact all of the waitresses and the manager I saw were pleasant but efficient. They had no time to add on any extra gushing or OTT stuff as I never saw one of them stop working flat out all evening. Our waitress did not speak English but we managed to understand each other and she was absolutely charming (in an non-gushing Parisien way!)and wished us a good evening twice on our way out.
So, all in all a really good meal. I loved the food, the buzzing ambience and watching the staff dashing about in what was obviously a well rehearsed and executed operation. Make sure you understand what they are offering and if it appeals then go, it's worth the wait if you have to queue (we arrived just after nine and walked straight in.)
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