A relaxed dinner amongst friends calls for something informal, tasty and with generous portions and this restaurant on avenue Parmentier, near rue Oberkampf in the 11th arrondissement ticked all those boxes. It actually got off to a bad start because the restaurant had not received our online booking form for 10 people. After the initial shrug of the shoulders followed by the petulant-pout-pose, the waitress obliged and put together a couple of tables for us and thus the evening could get underway!
It was quite a simple set-up: the waitress took our food order and kept a steady supply of drinks coming to the table, there was one chef in the kitchen who prepped the starters and puddings, but for the main course, you cook it yourself on the little grill in the middle of the table. Simple, but there is something quite primal and yet fun and satisfying about being responsible for the heat source in front of you. I didn't think much of their wine list - nothing really excited me - but to be honest, the amount and the quality of the food more than made up for what was lacking in liquids.
To start, I had a Salade aux Fondues, which was a dish of fresh tasty lettuce leaves and tomatoes topped with croutons and melted goat's cheese and a balsamic dressing. Then the "Mixte" platter shown in the photo below and for pudding, true to this blog's name, a Crème Brûlée.
|The "Mixte" platter.|
I would definitely recommend this restaurant. It's not fine cuisine but it's fun, filling and good with friends. The service also improved as the evening went on.
One other point which is really worth making a mention of is what such good value it was. For 14.70 euros, which is what you could expect to pay in a Parisien brasserie for a main course alone, we had three courses!
|The Crème Brûlée didn't last long!|
There are three addresses across Paris:
107 avenue Parmentier, 75011
209 boulevard Raspail, 75014
19 rue Joseph Dijon, 75018