I know that L'Entrecote de Paris, being sort of a chain, is considered a tourist trap by most people here; I know, furthermore, that "Relais de L'Entrecote" is considered the better, purer experience.
Until today I had last eaten at L'Entrecote de Paris at the location on Rue Marignan last in about 1997; I ate at Relais de L'Entrecote last year at about this time.
In 1997, my recollection is that the frites at L'Entrecote de Paris were simply perfect - in fact, the best that I've ever had in any restaurant. However, I returned today and while the frites are still decent, they are no longer great. But, I also wonder if my memory deceives me. As far as I can tell, today's frites seem to have a vaguely artificial coating, sort of like what one finds at Burger King, which is designed to keep the fry crisp for a longer period of time. My recollection is that in 1997 there was no such coating; or, at least, it didn't taste like there was.
So, my question for someone who's been eating there consistently for the last ten years, have the frites in fact taken a turn for the worse? Perhaps "economics" dictated a more durable frite than what they used to sell?
Finally- while the frites were fine at Relais de L'Entrecote, they were no where near as good as the ones I had at L'Entrecote de Paris in 1997.