Three of us dined at La Cordonnerie on September 26, and it was one of the high points of our 10 days in Paris. Do not expect a big, glitzy, or high-priced restaurant. It is tiny - seats only 18 people - and reservations are a must. The chef/owner has run it for nearly 20 years, and his parents had it before him. It is clearly a labor of love and pride in presenting excellent food, freshly prepared--and if you're lucky enough to get one of the tables in the kitchen area of the restaurant, you can see him at work, which is like a culinary ballet. The one waiter is charming and efficient, although has limited English abilities. The chef speaks English quite well and is happy to recommend and explain dishes and wines. We ordered mostly from the daily specials, which included a wonderful hearty mushroom soup with ham; a creamy cucumber salad; and a green salad with shrimp - all wonderful! We tried both fish and beef dishes and they were terrific. Wine list is small but has some great bottles on it. Prices are very reasonable, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable dining experience.
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