February 27 2015
So many people ask me where you can find steak-frites in Paris. Or where are the best escargots in the city?
For longer than I would care to admit, these questions had me scratching my head…. I have lived here for so long that I’m no longer craving these classic dishes. The restaurants where I tend to go are the more modern, trendy ones which change their menu every couple of weeks (if not more often than that even!) As a result, I can’t rely on them having a steady supply of foie gras, steak tartare and magret de canard (duck breast) to feed my out-of-town guests.
All is not lost. The Café des Musées in the Marais is now my trump card!
Open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, and sporting a great classic French menu of all of the above, it’s now the first address to come rolling off my tongue.
(N.B. There’s also normally at least one vegetarian main course on the menu too.)
A main course will set you back about 20 euros, and once you’ve added on a starter and a healthy pichet of wine, you’re looking at about 35 euros per person. That’s a pretty reasonable price, especially given the quality of the food and far better here than at the surrounding tourist traps.
Service is brisk yet friendly. You’ll be elbow-to-elbow with your neighbour at the adjacent table…. but then that’s what you wanted, didn’t you? The true Parisian experience!
Essential Information Address: 49 rue de Turenne, 75003 Telephone: 01 42 72 96 17 Website: Café des Musés, Google+ Opening Hours: Open lunch and dinner Monday – Sunday. Yes, really! Reservations: Recommended – call a day in advance to be sure of getting a table. Key Words: classic, French, steak frites