Thursday, November 5, 2009

Paris Postscript : L' Entrecote

A chance conversation with a couple of Pariseans while sipping a glass of rose in our neighborhood bar led to one of the best dining experiences we have ever had in Paris. The young couple suggested we try , "L' Entrecote" a place popular with locals and tourists alike. Their words were echoed by our hotel clerk, so we set off to find le "Le Relais de Venise son l' Entrecote" at 271 boulevard Periere, Porte-Maillot- a place, they said, is known for its 'special sauce'. The legendary sauce was created in 1959 by Marie-Paule Burris and her father.


We arrived at the restaurant at 6:40 p.m., twenty minutes before it opened for the evening's dining. There were only four others outside the restaurant when Joel read the hand-written menu posted outside the door. Not wanting to perpetuate the image of Americans -- who eat unfashionably early -- we went down the street and nursed a small glass of rose, finally giving in to hunger and returning to the restaurant at 7:20 p.m. In that 40 minutes the place had filled. Jam-packed filled.


We sat shoulder-to-shoulder, with other diners, our tables only inches apart. The only thing we had to decide was "rare, medium, or well-done" and the rest is taken care of by teams of efficient wait staff. We were served a green salad with walnuts before the entre: steak frites, french fries and a cut-it-with-your-fork rib steak drenched in an herb sauce that lived up to decades of accumulated accolades. Wait staff whirled around the crowded room, but kept a watchful eye on their assigned diners, as the moment we finished this first plate, they returned with platters from which they served us a second round.


And of course, we had to try a dessert; a delightful artery-clogging, calorie-laden Profiterolles Chocolat a plate of ice cream filled puffs swimming in dark chocolate (almonds are good for you though, I reasoned):
We had this gastronomical romp for 69E, just over a $100US which included a bottle of house wine. It was one of the best food buys we had, particularly when 1E = $1.50US. When we left at 8:30 the line of people waiting to eat their stretched into the street:
Reservations aren't taken at this place but we recommend it highly no matter how long the wait. We dined at the original restaurant location, however its website http://www.relaisdevenise.com/ says it is now open in Manhatten and Bahrain as well.

6 comments:

  1. Paris, great food, reasonable pricing -- perfect! I've got to check this place out. Sounds and looks divine. My mouth is watering over the steak frites!

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    1. I think you would like it! And if you notice the other comments here, Marcia just wrote that she had also been there -- for as many restaurants as there are in Paris, that's a 'small world moment' for sure!

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  2. The only thing to be said is "yum". We live in Philadelphia, now considered a foodie town, but Paris is Paris.

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    1. You said it Suzanne, there is only one Paris and it is a food lover's paradise!

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  3. Okay, Jackie, we need to meet! I went to this restaurant 2 years ago. I was meeting a friend from Brooklyn who was working in Paris and she suggested Le Relais. We waited maybe 5-10 minutes for our table. I'm not a big steak eater, but goodness, it was good! We didn't have dessert though.

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    1. Okay, we do seem to have similar tastes and travels don't we? I can't believe how many times we've shared (in a manner of speaking) experiences. . .YES, we need to meet!!

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