First person in the restaurant but by the middle of the meal the restaurant filled out.
Service was fantastic. Waiters were attentive without being overbearing. Helpful during wine selection without being pushy.
Started with croque monsieur which was delicious. It was crunch, salty, creamy. The cumin seeds really popped and helped prepare me for the meal. I very much enjoyed the scallops which were sweet and a little bit briny. The escargot was a pleasant surprise. I normally avoid escargot because I’m not a fan of their texture but these were soft and not at all rubbery. I’m not a fan of lamb normally so I’d be a poor judge on that. I did find it rather fatty and not gamey at all. The dessert was the highlight for me: a tartlet with lemon sorbet and coconut emulsion. There was an unusually long gap between the main and the dessert. Normally I wouldn’t mind but having just arrived bring majorly jet lagged I was quite literally falling asleep at the table. The waitress acknowledged and apologized - hopefully I didn’t create too much of a scene.
My total at the end of the meal was €106 and I asked the waiter to bill me €112. He wound up billing me €120 most likely by accident and honesty I didn’t feel like asking about it. From what I read tip should be around €1 for every €20. So this felt rather steep.
I’m not sure why but the subway train I was on kicked us all off 2 stops before Norte Dame de Lorette. When the next train came we all piled on... only to be kicked off again! I gave up waiting and walked to the restaurant.
I think it was about 23C when I arrived upon stepping into the curtained area I was greeted by a warm gush of warm air. Wowsers it had to have been 28C in there. The dining room was packed with patrons merrily enjoying their night out. From what I observed I was the only table needing English. Everyone else spoke French... maybe sauna meals are a thing here I pondered. There appears to be AC in the ceiling, the door remains closed. All signs point to this being the norm... I won’t be an annoying American and complain. I proceed to strip layers and prepare to being meal service in just a T-shirt... way too hot for the jacket or button up shirt!
Chef Indra is insanely young I had to google him twice before I realized the guy in the pictures is the same person explaining each dish. Neat! He’s very friendly and makes great effort to explain the dishes to me. Admittedly I didn’t hear or understand him on most but that’s okay.
I opted for the 6 course meal and I’m glad that I did! I found the cod to be the highlight of the meal, flaky with a great sear.
Around this point the father of the table next to me pats his daughter’s face with a wet napkin. Finally! It’s not just me! I smile at him - acknowledging the same pain he feels. The next time the waiter swings by his table some words are passed along which get relayed to Chef Indra. In a few seconds Chef Indra appears with a remote... beep beep beep beep beep. The AC works!! What the heck! Out of all the tables it appeared only a few of us were uncomfortable with the temperature. I had to sit there and laugh to myself for at least 5 minutes. I couldn’t believe it!
Both desserts were fantastic! I particularly enjoyed the red pepper sorbet paired with the fresh yogurt. Incredible!
At the end of the meal as patrons started to depart I had some time to chat with Indra. Very interesting to hear that he has worked at le meurice and also astrance... both places I’ve visited on this trip.
Very glad I made the reservation here!