I heard the beef bourguignon in this restaurant was quite good, so I took a try because, out of the twenty beef bourguignons that I’d eaten in places, none was worth mentioning.
It was a quiet but beautiful auberge in the quarter of Invalid museum and Eiffel Tower. Customers were all local business people, no tourist. With a lunch menu of 24.5 euros, I had:
- A tiny amuse-bouche
- A crispy small bread, with salted butter from Normandy, served on a table cloth printed with fleur-de-lys motifs. You can’t get more French than that.
- An entrée of Catalan anchovies, which was really good
- A pan of boeuf bourguignon, vegetables and cigar-shaped pasta, enough for 2 people. It tasted NOTHING like the bourguignons that I have eaten previously. I don’t know how they did it, the meat here was so tender but did not have the stewed-to-death taste (when your meat tastes like straw). Maybe the key was that they used good wine, then reduced it to a thick sauce? You don’t smell wine in the dish, but it must use a ton of wine, because after the bourguignon pan I felt slightly drunken!
So I had to order an ice-cream coup to dilute the wine sauce and the kg of beef I chewed. It’s not within the 24.5E menu, but you had delicious icecream with fresh fruit for 4E, not bad.
I walked away in the rain, fully satisfied. I found a real boeuf bourguignon at last.
Price: 24.5 euros/person, lunch formula for entrée + main dish, plus 4E icecream
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