nno22 recently wrote, "For years, I've wanted to walk into Le Voltaire and order the œuf James, maybe with a glass of wine, for a snack. I never have, because it's easy enough to make at home (and I would probably feel a bit ridiculous). However, as it's just around the corner -- can I do this? Should I do this? I'm at a moral crossroads. Also, if I can/should, can/should I return almost daily?"
Since no one answered and since his questions were buried I'm giving them another chance.
First, Le Voltaire is actually two restaurants: the formal and expensive dining room on the east side of the building and, on the other side of the wall, a simple and adequate cafe. The cafe is a haven for tourists who collapse either before or after exploring the d'Orsay or Louvre. It's prices are reasonable considering the real estate. I have only experienced the cafe although my fantasy is to dine alone at the restaurant on a cold, winter night; somehow, it doesn't appeal to me as a place to go as a couple.
DH and I stopped for lunch at the cafe one day last year. He ordered the egg. I ordered paté and a glass of wine. I don't remember if he ordered anything else, but I do remember that our order wasn't large. Servings were ample and beautifully plated. Service was sweet.
The egg was a still life of two artfully garnished hard boiled eggs surrounded by greens, tomatoes and radishes. And it was almost free, 1.20€ if I remember correctly. And it was a step into the past. But it was still just hard boiled eggs with mayo, which, as nno22 suggested is "what to eat when there's nothing to eat" fallback at home.
But, yes, you can sit outside under the awning or dine inside at Le Voltaire and order the egg and wine and walk away without bruises or even scowls. Tossing in a bowl of soup, dessert and coffee wouldn't be out of line.
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