2nd evening in paris...staying in the 10th. have managed to already walk about 8-10 miles in the 2 days! and we're just wandering...so after letting jet lag pass (we're here for 3 weeks and staying in an apartment), we wandered over to chez casimir in the 10th - a few blocks from gare du nord. no reservation and they were gracious - i'd say 4/5's full. we got a 2 top by the window inside at 8:30pm. the menu was 32 eu - the host wrinkled his nose at my husband's wine selection and picked an alsace pinot noir for us which was great - about 25 eu (the one he picked was the same price).
a soup with smoked duck breast slivers - the 'dry' in the bowl - smoked duck breast slivers, crouton and bits of carrot - and a pitcher of the soup. i only had a taste but the base was green and creamy - it was fabulous.
i had the salade du tete du cochon and am no longer a head cheese virgin! i liked his better; he liked mine better but i am not a huge aspic fan.
his: classic roasted chicken with mashed potatoes under - herbs all through the potatoes. classic and well-executed
mine: an osso bucco of monkfish sitting on top of slices of turnip. it was excellent.
3rd: the help yourself cheese platter. insanely good.
his: a deep deep cassis sorbet with rasberries - i tasted it. very intense - really fabulous
mine: a tarte au citron with fruit on top and a fruit syrup/sauce just lining the bottom of the shallow bowl. but what made it really good were the slivers of verbena and bits of poppy seed.
the atmostphere is classy casual and there was only one other table there speaking english a wonderful start to our trip.