My partner and I have just spent 2 weeks in Europe, ending in Paris, where we had two excellent dinners.
Dinner on Friday was at Monsieur Lapin in Montparnasse, which specializes in rabbit but has many other dishes. The 3-course prix-fixe at 35 euros is a bargain. We had grilled shrimp with tomato-basil coulis, house-smoked salmon, croustillant of rabbit, rabbit with 2 mustard sauces, fig tart, and gratin of raspberries. The croustillant was the big winner, a very thin pastry encasing rabbit, various mushrooms, spinach and mashed potatoes, with a brown sauce, but everything was excellent. With wine, hors d’oeuvres, and water the total was 122 euros. The atmosphere is warm and comfortable with fairly well-spaced tables, soft lighting and various pictures of rabbits on the walls. Excellent service. The prices are bistro level but this is far above bistro quality.
For our final dinner in Paris on Saturday, we went to Le Celadon (in the Hotel Westminster just off Place Vendome) , which on the weekend is called Le Petit Celadon, with a special menu of 3 courses including wine and coffee for 55 euros, with 7 or 8 choices for each course. We were with friends and the four of us were seated at a large table with a sofa on one side and chairs on the other. The restaurant is very elegant and comfortable. After amuses, we had melon with prosciutto, crab beignets with 3 dipping sauces, and cherry tomatoes in olive oil and basil in a big martini glass, topped with whipped mozzarella. For main courses, quail with a foie gras stuffing and small langoustines with cauliflower and mushrooms in a consommé. For dessert, caramel soufflé, raspberry st. honore, and cocolate parfait. This may be one of the best deals in Paris.