Savory crepes: 5.50-9.15 euros
Sweet crepes: around 6 euros
In Crêpmania you sit in producer's chair and eat yummy crêpes. The casual dining room is decorated with pictures of movie stars and producers from different countries and even the crêpes are named after movies. I had a Pop Eye crepe with spinach, cream, ham, and sunny side up egg. Jason had a Crocodile Dondee crêpe with ham, pineapple, and cheese. The batter was crisp and the fillings were delicious. Some of the best savory crepes I've had in France. The dessert crêpes were disappointing. The fillings were not inside the crêpes but on top. A very generous portion of ice-cream sitting on top of the crêpes, made them cold and unappetizing.
3 course menu 34 euros
Dauphin is the bistro where Jason and I went 4 years ago after he proposed to me. This little bistro was not exactly haute cuisine establishment, but it was very dear to our hearts. On this trip to Paris, we wanted to find it and relive that wonderful evening. It is still in the same place and still called Dauphin, but it was much nicer looking and much more expensive than we remembered. Even the walls that partitioned dining rooms were in different places. To make sure that we are in the right bistro, we asked the waitress. She told us that the place was sold 3 years ago and the new owner redecorated and changed the menu. The food was much more upscale than I remembered, but I was longing for that simple herring and potato appetizer and Paris-Brest dessert. We started with the appetizers of mushroom soup with duck liver ravioli and escargot with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and artichoke hearts in garlic herb butter. Both were fantastic. Since it was a cold and rainy day (as days in Paris tend to be), I treated myself to a huge dish of cassoulet with pork, ham, duck, and sausage. The large tender beans warmed me up fast - great comfort food. Not a very interesting dish, and too heavy to finish, but it was great on a cold day. Jason got salmon with cream sauce and sautéed cabbage hearts. The salmon was perfectly cooked (almost by not quite opaque). The sauce was less than optimal match with the fish; I prefer bolder sauces with salmon. For dessert we shared a bitter chocolate pyramid with black cherry sorbet. The pyramid did not taste as good as it sounded, but the sorbet was great. Dauphin has a real non-smoking section - a great treat in Paris. The service was wonderful. Without us asking, the waitress even gave us the same table we had right after our engagement 4 years ago :)
Clos des Gourmets
3 course menu 30-45 euros
Clos des Gourmets offers excellent food, but horrible service. We had a reservation for 8pm. We showed up 10 minutes late and the waitress punished us by not allowing sufficient time to read the menu. This restaurant was on a tight schedule even on a Wednesday night when we had dinner. Every minute counts; you'd better read the menu fast, eat fast, and get out of there fast since someone reserved your table later in the evening. For appetizer, I had seared foie gras with figs and nuts-perfect pairing of textures and flavors. Jason had a cold soup with white beans, Serrano ham, chives, and tiny croutons that stayed crunchy in the perfectly seasoned milky liquid. The waitress came over to fix the ladle in the soup pot since it was sticking out at the wrong angle. She also tied another patron's scarf to the chair so that it does not fall in case someone walks by. The restaurant is very small and tables are very close together, but she was obsessing about it too much. My main dish was roasted sea bass with eggplant caviar, wild mushrooms, roasted potatoes, and brown butter sauce. Jason had a puff pastry pie filled with duck and foie gras. Both dishes were excellent. Jason's dessert of chocolate mousse with whipped milk was one of the best chocolate creations he had on this trip. My roasted figs with anise mousse and red wine sauce were very good, even though I am not a big fan of anise. As soon as we finished the last spoon, the check was slapped onto our table. We did not even finish our wine and decided not to pay until we are done. Our plan did not work, since another couple came in and the waitress stood over our table staring at us until we gave her our credit card. On the bright side, since we got kicked out of the restaurant after only an hour and a half, we had a beautiful moon lit walk from Eiffel tower to Louvre.