If you are a female reader of my blog and you want to enjoy the Le Chateaubriand bistrot experience as much as we did yesterday I suggest you make it also a "diner entre copines" (girls night out). Why ? Well.... just check out what was on the menu :
Bouillon, légumes d'hiver, biscuit
Main course (to share ?) :
Selle d'agneau poêlé, patate douce, haddock
Boeuf carottes cru /cuit
Saint-Jacques croustillantes, coeurs de palmiers et grenades
Baba au rhum, Aloe Vera
Fromage du jour
Doesn't he look like Bono from U2 ? And he was very proud of his new Adidas...
Not sure what to write about the food, as you can imagine I was a bit distracted. Actually there were a total of 5 very similar looking guys running the service, all with dark long or curly hair, beard and quite cool, funny and charming. We asked whether they were brothers or their looks was a requirement to work there, but they denied. I don't believe it is a coincidence however.
I also loved the atmosphere and decoration of this very "in" bistrot (Coup de coeur of the Pudlo 2007guide), as if time had stopped there hundred years ago. We were sitting besides a big chalkboard with all their wine suppliers handwritten on them, the famous French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has been making his own wine since the 80s, being one of them (so actually we first thought it was a list of French actors on the board. Ooops....).
When I dream about my future own bistrot it will have exactly this simple but warm retro atmosphere...
Ok, ok, I know I have to say something about the food. This restaurant is definitely part of the "bistronomiques" (bistrot + gastronomique) trend that is hitting Paris since a couple of months. Well trained chefs, that are tired of working in a palace or starred restaurants and open up their own small place to offer affordable high-quality food in a relaxed while trendy atmosphere. Cathleen loved the creativity on the plates, and kept asking Bono about ingredients and techniques of the dishes. She actually called him "Chef", just as she does in school : "Chef, une question...", which was so funny.
For my part I must admit, it was a little too creative and adventurous for me, while I think everything tasted really good, and so was the price/quality ratio (39 € for a three-course meal). While I don't mind a creative touch my taste is more conservative with regards to the combination of flavors and use of products. Haddock and lamb for example I found a bit daring... Below pictures from the bouillon, poured at the table onto the vegetable, the lamb and the haddock with sweet potato puree, and the baba au rhum with Aloe Vera and mysterious jelly (click on them to see a larger version).
Our evening ended around midnight with Bono leading me into the kitchen and presenting me to the cooks, headed by the basque chef-owner Inaki Aizpitarte. I thanked them all for a great meal, thinking of how nice it feels to get those feedbacks after hard work from customers directly ..
129, avenue Parmentier
11e, Metro Goncourt
01 43 57 45 95
(make reservations several days in advance, or come at 9.30 pm to wait and dine without reservation)