La Marlotte is not your typical neighborhood bistro; it is definitely an establishment a notch up, with carefully selected quality products and a creative twist in both their cuisine and presentation. The restaurant also offers very attractive and budget-friendly deals; we reserved our table via LaFourchette.com and got a 30% off our bill.
The interior is cozy, the tables are spaced in a typical Paris fashion, so expect some close proximity to your neighbors.
We had for our appetizers a Planche de charcuterie basque (a selection of Basque cold cuts) picturesquely presented on a rustic cutting board. The other appetizer was a traditional French marinated herring with boiled potatoes sprinkled with olive oil. Both appetizers come highly recommended. The main courses were Tartare de boeuf and Caille (quail), listed as the night's 'special'. Both dishes presented good, solid, and reliable French fare. Our desserts were: a very good Fontainebleau et son coulis de saison and a Poire pochée façon sangria et pulpe de pruneaux (poached pear). The Fontainebleau came with an authentic old tin biscuit box that looked really 'cool.'
The prices are really affordable ones for Paris, even before our applied discount. The bill, which included a bottle of a very good 2005 Chateau Rol de Fombrauge from Saint-Emillion and two coffees came up to €119. Even the way the restaurant's bill is presented in a smart L'Addition book-looking box deserves a special mention.
The only reason we couldn't give La Marlotte five stars is the faulty service. Our olives were removed before we could finish them, we were never offered an additional serving of bread (a must in France!) and so on.
We do hope that La Marlotte's management and its two great chefs keep a better eye on their servers. Other than that - highly recommended.
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