We found Les Papilles through Trip Advisor...and I'm so glad we did.
We had dinner there on a Wednesday night last October. The weather was rainy and miserable, and we walked all the way from St. Germain-des-Pres because we couldn't get a cab. By the time we finally arrived, we were cold, wet and HUNGRY!
The aromas that met us when we opened the door reminded me of Gramma's kitchen. The place was packed, which surprised us for a weeknight.
Of course, we knew the deal at Les Papilles before we booked: the menu is prix fixe...no substitutions. In other words, you get what you get and you don't get upset. But no worries, everything we were served was absolutely delicious. The cauliflower soup had to be one of the best I've ever tasted. The roasted cod with savory potatoes was hearty and satisfying....the perfect meal for a rainy night.
The wines available for sale are all displayed on the walls. You can pick your own or ask for a recommendation. Our waiter was helpful and suggested a good choice to complement our meal.
The atmosphere in this restaurant is so congenial, you just can't help striking up a conversation with whomever you are crammed in next to. We met a couple from Ireland and had a delightful chat. The highlight of the evening? When Chef Thomas came out of the kitchen to shyly accept our accolades for a meal well done.
One small criticism: The service was a little "brusque," but it was certainly competent.
This place is a little off the beaten path, but it is well worth finding.
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