Just had a wonderful weekend in Paris. Was working Friday night and Saturday morning, but then Mrs Nikos came over (her first time in Paris; she's fallen in love with the place) and we went to town on the eating and drinking:
Brasserie Le Gallopin (Metro Bourse). One of the oldest brasseries in Paris apparently and it looks just like you want a Parisian brassrie to look like. Proper old-school waiters, too. Had a bargain lunch - oysters, foie gras, roast fish with hollandaise, a carafe of white burgundy - 60€ for two. Well worth checking for a nice long lunch.
La Repaire de Cartouche (Metro Oberkampf or Filles Du Cavalier) Not the nicest decor in the world (dark wood, tapestries, etc.) but proper food. Before they'd even taken our orders we had a pile of superb bread, a pot of rillettes and two massive slabs of pigeon pate en croute. Starters were wicked - more foie gras and something called 'oeufs en cocotte - a couple of eggs poached in cream and then covered in black truffles. THE BOMB. We were getting well full by now but struggled on. Roast scallops with confit root veg and veal sweetbreads with braised celery for mains. Outstanding. Shared a pain perdu for dessert and plenty of poire william as a digestif. With a 30€ bottle of Burgundy it was 185€ for two.
Mon Vieil Ami (On the Ile de la Cite) Final meal of the weekend - lovely, dark, cosy but modern restaurant in tourist-hell central. Well worth seeking out though. Pumpkin and crab soup and raw tuna with beetroot to kick off. Brilliant, faultless dishes. After that we shared a confit lamb shoulder for two, served at the table in a massive iron pot. Wicked stuff. Rum baba for dessert and a 22€ bottle of Bordeax brought it all up to 180€ for two.
I love Paris.