Carnivore’s delight

Chez Robert et Louise

CAUTION: Vegetarians, please look away! Here's a shot from our dinner at Chez Robert et Louise in Paris.

 I had seen Anthony Bourdain go there, and I thought it was my kind of place. No oven or stove, just a wood fire with a grill. It is located in the 3rd, in the Marais. It was very homey, pratically invisible at night. We peeked through the gingham curtains, and stepped into a place that looked like it was a Hollywood set for “cozy French bistro from 1850”. The service was very friendly, but very little English is spoken, so be prepared. We had a starter of blood sausage ala Tony Bourdain. It was creamy and succulent, perfect with the crusty baguette slices. Next up was cote du bouef for 3, medium rare. It is presented on a huge wooden cutting board, and served with crusty fried potatoes and followed by a simple butter lettuce salad with a creamy, dijon mustard-laced vinegrette laced with tarragon. Your dinner plate is an old, round individual cutting board.Sprinke a little coarse salt from the worn wooden cupful on the table, and you have a near perfect Parisian meal.

The place is tiny, with 6 or 7 tables, and 3 stools at the wooden bar. There is the aforementioned fireplace lighing up the room from the back, friendly, efficient staff, lots of locals, and simple great food. I don’t recall how much the meal was, but it was probably around 18 euros without wine or drinks. If you ever happen to be in the area, do yourselves a favor and have a meal here.


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