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.
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!ReplyDelete
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!Delete
The only thing to be said is "yum". We live in Philadelphia, now considered a foodie town, but Paris is Paris.ReplyDelete
You said it Suzanne, there is only one Paris and it is a food lover's paradise!Delete
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.ReplyDelete
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!!Delete