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Paris - Le Cafe d'Angel (med long)

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Paris - Le Cafe d'Angel (med long)

smiles | Feb 29, 2004 04:41 PM

Pierre suggested trying this relatively new restaurant that he’d heard about. It’s just down the street from the Arc de Triomphe (metro Ch. De Gaulle Etoile). Address:
Le Café d’Angel
16 rue Brey
75017 Paris
01 47 54 03 33

We walked in without reservations around noon. The restaurant is medium sized, cloth napkins, etc... When we had arrived it was only 1/3 full and quickly filled up just after we had arrived – full of business folks. It was Thursday so that might account for the crowd. Lucky timing for us or we probably wouldn’t have been granted a table. Clearly the others all had reservations and I was the only tourist.

We chose off the specials and decided on a light lunch so just a plat & dessert. We both chose the salmon. It was served atop a generous mound of mixed vegetables: celery, carrots, potatoes, and zucchini. Drizzled over this was a lightly curried vinaigrette. The fish was prepared wonderfully (I cannot remember how long it has been since having such a tasty filet) and the sauce was addictive. The vegetables were all cooked to perfection. My only negative comment on this course was the celery. However, I will make a disclaimer here: I am not a huge fan of celery. There I said it. So my opinion here may be slightly biased, but I thought the ratio of celery to other veggies was high. It seemed to overpower the taste. If they had put maybe half the amount in I would have been happy. With that said, without the celery, it would have been lacking.

For dessert, I chose the pot de crème. It arrived with toasted sesame seeds garnishing the top and provided a nice crunchy texture to the creaminess. It was set to perfection so no doubt the folks in the kitchen were on top of things.

Pierre chose the pear tart. The tart wasn’t what I had expected when he told me what he had ordered. It was more like a very light moist macaroon. Cakier (is that a word??) than a macaroon though (meaning not dense) and the coconut was very subtle. The cooked pears retained their texture and form nicely. I didn’t want to be impolite, but I wish I would have had more than two bites of his dessert  Nothing was “wrong” with mine, but Pierre had the better of the desserts!

I’m sorry I can’t comment on the price because this terrific Paris Chowhound treated me to a wonderful lunch. Thanks!

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