Thank you all for all of the helpful advice and recommendations. So far, so very good...
Today was our first full day and after a lovely baguette and croissant breakfast in our apartment in the Marais, we set our for the Bastille Market.
Today is simply lovely. The weather is mild and it is sunny out. Really, we could not ask for better weather. And the market was excellent, but crowded. We thoroughly enjoyed taking it all in and admired the over abundance of beautiful produce and food.
In anticipation of going to the market, I had made reservations at L"Auberge de Flora. It is a few short blocks past the terminus of the market and an easy stroll. We were early for our 1:30 rezzies, so we sat on the sidewalk and enjoyed an apertif of champagne and watched the world go by.
We were sat shortly thereafter and given the "brunch" menu and told it was the only menu at lunchtime today. Having brought my vegetarian Niece, this was somewhat of an issue. Even though she and my sister protested that she would just make due, I insisted that for 28E she was not eating potatoes for lunch. Fortunately, and a testament to them, when we explained the issue, they said no problem and that they would make a veggie main. Nice.
For our entree, they brought a three tiered platter that was explained in french and quite quickly, so I missed some of it, so my apologies for the descriptions, but it consisted of:
-an incredible pesto in a jar
-a preserved fish and capers, also served in a small jar
-guacamole with fresh veggies
-a hummus with veggies
-deep fried sardine
-a terraine of somethin
-deep fried chickpea I believe balls
-a rare beef in something delicious
and probably more. This was a delight to behold and so wonderful. The three of us could not finish everything on it, but we tried. All fresh, all really nice. Not a dud in the bunch.
For the main we had a Beouf in mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes that was very good. For our veggie, she had white beans and mushrooms that was outstanding. It was not a lot of food, but just the right amount. We all felt very satisfied afterwards.
The dessert was GREAT. We were served a custard with thyme that was one of the best desserts I have ever tasted. So creamy and the hint of thyme was genius. The other dessert served was a compote of rhubarb, some crunchy chocolate in the middle and a cacao whipped cream. Very good, but I was entranced by the custard.
We also had some more of their excellent champagne with our entree and red by the glass with our main. All just fine.
In total our bill was 121E and my sister, who has lived in France and on her 12th trip to Paris, declared it as one the best meals she has had in France. High praise.
Thanks to John T for the recommendation. We would have never gotten in without reservations and I was quite proud of myself for having planned today and made the reservations.
I am hoping my future resto adventures are as satisfying as this one...