Restaurants & Bars 5

le pre verre

gavinguss@yahoo.com | Oct 31, 200405:49 AM

hi all. i'm newly living in paris, and find this site quite useful. i'm starting to take some suggestions from the posters hereon, and tried one last night, le pre verre. i thought it would be handy to start a thread on each paris restaurant of interest, as a place to log and check user reviews, ala a poorman's zagats.
so in that spirit, i'll offer my first (please forgive my spelling, and feel free to comment):
le pre verre is popular, and they were turning away people on a sat. night. i called that afternoon for a res., and could only be seated in the "sous sol", which turned out to be a cosy and lively little basement, featuring colorful original surrealist art on the walls. the mood is informal, with one waitress being overworked and the menu written on portable chalk boards. we decided on the seiche salad with lentil terrine, and a pumpkin/fois gras terrine for entrees. both were quite good: the squid was in nice thick squares, with some diced tomato and dandelion greens and an asian-inspired rice vinegar dressing, over which was placed a square of the lentil and sesame seed terrine. the fois gras/pumpkin terrine featured nice chunks of creamy pumpkin, and was also placed over dandelion greens with a light vinnaigrette. oddly, the caraffe of red wine arrived slightly more chilled than appropriate, i think, and this was doubly strange as le pre verre is a wine bar. (actually, this has happened to me in paris on a couple of occasions, and i suppose i need to research weather this is a culinery preference or laziness in not letting the wine come to room temp.) the next two glasses of red arrived practically out of the fridge.
main courses: a mourue(?) served with smokey creamed potatoes. the fish was served in two smallish squares, seared and salted, next to a few mounds of really smokey potatoes. the fish was a bit bland, the potatoes maybe over smoked. the effect of eating a bite with both was similar to smoked whitefish from a nyc deli. not unpleasant, but not very satisfying either. the onget of veal, however, was very nicely done, with 2 pieces, one more like a short rib, the other like sirloin, seared and served over a taragon demi glace/cream sauce. next to this was an amazing concoction of ground almond mousse. not sure what was in it, but must have been cream, and possibly bread, ala taramasalata (sp?). really a nice surprise.
dessert was a composed plate featuring slices of chocolate decadence-style no bake, rich and melty, over a sweet sesame cream sauce, and a ball of molasses gelato. really nice and creative combo.
the bill was 75 e. overall, i'd say it's worth a try.

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