We have been to Paris quite frequently over the past 4-5 years and on this occasion we were staying at the Hotel Des Grande Hommes for five days, to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.
Before travelling to Paris I saw the reviews for L'estrapade and thought it would be a great place to celebrate.There is no website so I contacted the hotel a week or so before and one of their staff very kindly went round to the restaurant to book us a table, for our Anniversary.
On the night it was raining but it was only a 2-3 minute walk from the Place Du Pantheon to L'estrapade. The restaurant was busy when we arrived, there are only about 24 covers, and it is tiny and intimate inside. The tables for two are close together but this just adds to the atmosphere and encourages conversation between the patrons.
Lauren was in charge of front of house, which she did so charmingly and with good humour, giving full detais of each dish on the menu.
Her husband, Guilliemme, is the chef, and the food that came out of the tiny kitchen was amazing.
There was a choice of around 4 starters, 5 main course and 4 desserts,plus a 'suggestion' for a dish of the day. 3 courses were 34 euros, but you could order as little or as much as you like.
I am vegetarian and my starter was a small 'tower' of layers of 3 different coloured beetroot, slices of apple and goats cheese mixed with Marscapone and tarragon, on a raspberry and olive oil reduction. My husband had a beautifully presented crab Torteau.
For main he had Entrecote steak with a red wine and onion jus, I had a selection of vegetables in a mustard sauce with the creamiest mashed potato ever.
We shared a delicious bottle of Bergerac (24 euros) and finished the meal with two Cafe Noisettes.
We enjoyed the whole experience so much that we made a reservation, before leaving that night, to go back there again two days later!
The only time available was 9.45pm and when we dined on that occasion the restaurant patrons were mainly French.
The food and atmosphere was just as wonderful on the second night. We both enjoyed the same starters as before as they were so good, but my husband decided on the Canard de Maigret with melon sauce for his main and I managed to have room for the delicious chocolate Moleux with cream and raspberry coulis.
Lauren & Guilliemme work hard to ensure you have a good evening and they deserve every decent review. They obviously enjoy what they do and the atmosphere is wonderful.
Yes, the first night there most of the people were from the USA or the Uk, but we dined fairly early (7.30pm).
I have seen some reviews which bemoan the fact that most of the customers had gone there because of TA. Go later, like we did on the second night, if you want to have a more 'authentic' experience but this is not a theme restaurant.
This seems to be a local favourite already, although it has not been open for long.
This has become my favourite restaurant, I hope to go back there soon and take some friends to enjoy it too.
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