Category Archives: Paris

[Paris, France] Chez Marie Louise

11 rue Marie Louise
75010 Paris
France

Tel: +33 1 53 19 02 04

 

Hours:  Monday to Friday Noon to 2:30pm (lunch) & 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m (dinner)

 

Closest metro station is Goncourt, which is on the Brown 11 line

 

Restaurant’s website:  http://www.chezmarielouise.com/

Trip Advisor reviews:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d1741036-Reviews-Chez_Marie_Louise-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

 

I found this restaurant while perusing through the Trip Advisor reviews.  It had a lot of great reviews, and seemed like a cozy neighborhood bistro, so I was sold.  The restaurant itself is small, with only a few tables inside, and a few tables outside, so it’s best to make a reservation for dinner.  The restaurant also requires that you reconfirm your reservation 24 hours in advance.  By the end of our dinner, we saw quite a few people getting turned away due to no reservations.

The bistro is run by owner and proprietor, Christophe.  Christophe is a very friendly and wonderful host, who is knowledgeable and passionate about the food.  Service was attentive and the food was spectacular. It ended up being one of the highlights of our trip!

 

The menu is in French, and is written on a chalkboard, which is then displayed near your table.  But do not fret!  Christophe can translate the menu in detail, in English.  Of course, for those of you who’d like to research before-hand, the menu is available on the restaurant’s website.  Just Google Translate it!

 

Terrine de foie gras – a huge chunk of foie gras with warm crusty bread, and a small side salad.  The sis loved it!  EUR 12 (approx USD $15.60)

 

Salade d’artichaut truffée – artichoke slices with truffle oil, topped with a rocket salad.  Yum!  I haven’t had artichoke prepared like this before.  It was a warm salad, but really refreshing.  EUR 9  (approx USD $11.70)

 

Rognon de veau, orecchiette aux fèves et basilic – veal kidney with fava beans and orecchiette pasta.  The veal kidney was cooked medium, so it was really tender.  The pasta and the fava beans had great flavor.  People who like kidney would love this dish!  The portion was pretty generous – I couldn’t even finish~  EUR 15 (approx USD $19.50)

 

Ravioles de St Jacques fraiches au beurre citron et courgettes sautées – scallop raviolis.  The sis could not stop raving about this dish!  This was her ultimate favorite from of the Europe trip.  Inside each ravioli is a giant scallop (the size of each ravioli).  It was juicy, succulent and the light sauce was excellent as well.  Must try!  EUR 20 (approx USD $26)

 

At this point, we were so full, but figured since we’re in Paris, we might as well try the dessert.  This is the Millefeuille Marie Louise à la pistache or the millefeuille with pistachio cream.  It was really light and flaky, but the entrees are definitely the show stoppers!  EUR 8 (approx USD $10.40)

[Paris, France] Le Comptoir

9 Carrefour de l’Odeon
75006 Paris

Tel:  01 44 27 07 97

Hours:   Mon-Thu, Sun 12 pm – 12 am

Fri-Sat 12 pm – 2 am

 

 

Hotel/Restaurant website:  http://www.hotel-paris-relais-saint-germain.com/flash/us/index.html

Yelp reviews:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/le-comptoir-du-relais-paris

Trip -Advisor reviews:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187147-d715026-Reviews-Le_Comptoir-Paris_Ile_de_France.html

 

This is yet another Anthony Bourdain haunt (featured in No Reservations Season 6 episode 19, on Amazon free for Prime members).  In addition to it’s TV fame, the restaurant also came highly recommended by one of my bosses.  So I penciled this into my Paris itinerary.

Just a stone’s throw away from the Odeon station, the restaurant is a part of the Hotel Relais Saint Germain.  Be warned, dinner reservations are very difficult to snag, unless you are a hotel guest, or are making reservations 6 months in advance.  That being said, lunch is a no reservations deal and is first come first served.  From the reviews online, it seems that the best time to arrive for lunch is either just before noon, or after 2pm, to avoid a long wait.  There is a queue right outside the restaurant.  I arrived around 1:40pm and waited 20 – 30 minutes to be seated.  Yes, seating is limited and Parisians take their time while dining, so be prepared to wait.  I think the restaurant is also featured in many of the guide books, so on the day that I was there, I’d say more than half of the patrons were tourists.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect, other than what I had seen on the No Reservations episode.  I just knew that the menu is in French, so I was prepared to use my very rudimentary French.  The waiters / waitresses only speak limited English, so it’s a good idea to look up the English translations of the menu before-hand.

The restaurant has both indoor and al fresco dining, like most restaurants in Paris

 

The menu, in French.  It’s almost at the end of the red-bound menu, featuring mostly wines.  Use Google Translate!  🙂

 

The bread was crusty, a bit too crusty for me.

 

Oeuf mayonnaise – deviled eggs.  This was mentioned in the No Reservations episode.  It’s basically boiled eggs, covered with a rich mustard sauce and topped with some bacon bits.  The eggs were good, but I didn’t expect so many to come in 1 order!  EUR 5 (approx USD $6.50)

 

Toast foie gras – like the name says, it’s basically foie gras slices on toast.  The foie gras was rich and creamy, the toast was really crunchy —  it was just a great dish.  It’s funny that this dish and the oeuf mayonnaise had the same garnish.  EUR 13 (approx USD $16.90)

 

When in Paris, of course I had to order the escargot!  Baked in garlic pesto sauce, these escargot were not like the ones I’ve ever had before. These escargot were really fresh — the chewy and meaty texture is just different than the ones I’ve had in the States.  Yum!  EUR 9 (approx USD $11.70)

 

I had food envy when I saw the neighboring tables order the octopus salad, the bone marrow and the stuffed squid.   Will have to make a return trip to Le Comptoir to try those next time!