In our numerous Paris dining experiences - through the years - Le Grand Bistro Breteuil is going to stay with us as one of the most - if not the most - memorable and the most enjoyable. The place belong to the high-quality restaurant empire of the Dorr family, which includes, among others, the famous restaurants Le Bar a huitres, Le Bistro des deux theatres and others. Even when compared to his other establishments, Garry Dorr's Breteuil is distinguished by its impeccable service, great food in both presentation and quality and unbeatable prices.
The location is a tad off the tourist map of the central Central Paris; it is a few minutes walk from the Invalides and sits in the middle of the chic and quiet 7e arrondissement. During our last stay in Paris in April 2013, we lived at rue de Sevres and it took us about 5 minutes walk to get to Le Grand Bistro.
The on-line reservations could be made either via LaFourchette.com or the restaurant's own Web site.
The interior is chic, yet cozy, comfortable and inviting. The candle-light ambiance creates a romantic environment.
First and foremost: one thing has to be said clearly. We guarantee Le Grand Bistro offers the most competitive, the lowest prices possible for a real Paris haute-cuisine institution. The restaurant offers 3 different 'fomules' or prix-fixe menus. We opted for the most 'splurgy' one, the Menu Grand Bistro, which for 49€ (per person) includes a complimentary aperitif, an appetizer, a main course, a dessert, a bottle of wine, and Lavazza coffee. Now, unlike other places which limit their prix-fixe to a few items on the menu, Le Grand Bistro gives you all the choices you see on their A La Carte. And there aren't any little hidden trick as 'additions' or 'extras' either.
Now, the food is not just good. Every dish and its components come from a carefully and skillfully selected high quality ingredients combined with a high-end preparation.
Our appetizers were a generous portion of LE POÊLON DE 12 GROS ESCARGOTS DE BOURGOGNE (Helix-pomatia, au beurre d’ail doux, recette du Grand Bistro) and an amazing and robust Le gateau de pommes de terre XXL au goie gras de canard. Both appetizers are highly recommended.
The main courses were LE TARTARE DE BOEUF «SELECTION HUGO DESNOYER» and it was the most delicious Steak Tartare we tasted in years, attentively prepared to your liking at your table side, and then flattened in a unique way. Our duck main course, LE MAGRET DE CANARD ENTIER DE CHEZ PATRICK ESPINET
(Sauce aux morilles, gratin dauphinois) was not just above and beyond, it was hard to believe it was a duck and not the best possible cut of filet mignon, for it wasn't chewy at all; simply the most tender and delicate duck meat we ever tried.
Their desserts are a thing in itself. The apple pie (LA TARTE FINE POMMES BIO JULIET ET GLACE VANILLE DE BOURBON/Sucre filé, glace maison turbinée minute) demonstrated a highly creative and eye-pleasing food presentation resembling of an elaborate architectural pattern, and this is added to its filling, authentic, home-made taste. The other dessert LES CRÊPES «SIGNATURE» (Flambée à votre table au Grand Marnier Rouge) was a more classic yet still terrific Parisian dessert.
The wine selections included in the prix-fixe is decent, one can easily find their good dinner matching.
The welcome and the service are one of the best we have experienced in Paris in a multitude of restaurants. Definitely A+. And the price tag of €98 is a modern Paris miracle.
We will most assuredly come again, our next time in Paris. And you do the same, go to the Ivalides area, take a stroll on its magnificent Esplanade and have a good time. A great one.
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