Chez Suzette, Saint Michel, Paris, France

Some friends suggested I get a crepe at one of the copious number of Crêperies in the Saint Michel area.

Close to my hotel was Chez Suzette and that’s where I ended up.

Walking in mid afternoon only 2 other tables were occupied. I was given a menu that was in French. As I was trying to decipher the menu they noticed and came over with an English menu.

I was only after a snack and I’d originally thought about having a sweet crepe, but looking through the menu I decided to give a savory crepe a try.

The one that caught my attention was the Washington Crepe which is a crepe containing shredded beef and onion with emmental cheese and egg with a tomato side salad.

While I waited for my crepe to be freshly cooked I drank the house red wine from Bordeaux.

When my crepe arrived, it was larger than I’d imagined. As I dived in I thought it was very tasty. Beef and onion is a marriage made in heaven.

In all, I had an enjoyable and tasty afternoon at Chez Suzette.

If you’re in the area drop in if you have the time.

Corcoran’s Irish Pub, Saint Michel, Paris, France

In Saint Michel there’s an Irish bar called Corcoran’s Irish Pub. It’s part of a chain of 8 bars in Paris.

It’s your stereotypical Irish drinking tavern that you’ll see in any country serving Irish and Scottish Ales.

I ended up here a couple of afternoons just for a cleansing ale.

You’ll find your classics such as Guinness and Kilkenny, and I had several. But you’ll also get brews you’ve probably never heard of before such as a Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA which is a reasonably decent IPA from Dunbar in Scotland.

Service was good, staff were friendly. A nice place for an afternoon beer.

 

La Reserve de Quasimodo, Paris, France

Close to the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris is a small cafe / wine and cheese store in a building that’s apparently around 600 years old!

 

The cafe is in an annex on the right of the photo (you can just see the chalkboard menu), and the wine store is in the building pictured.

It was a wet and miserably cold day when I entered around 12:30. The cafe is really small, maybe half a dozen tables. I got one by the window.

Reading the chalkboard menus I already knew I needed something substantial and hot. One of today’s dishes was Beef Bourguignon which was duly ordered along with half a litre of red wine.

Great bread was delivered along with my wine while my main course was being cooked.

A short time later by Beef Bourguignon was served and I devoured a really tasty dish with gusto.

As it was still cloudy and drizzling outside, generally miserable. I decided to stay camped here for a while longer and ordered desert and a coffee. The desert was Apple Pie with a creamy custard sauce which was a great way to finish off a great lunch.

The staff really looked after me. Even though I’d ordered my dishes individually, they only charged me the cheaper set menu price. That was a really nice way to leave, and then trudge back to my hotel in the cold and rain.

Simply put, go here!

 

 

La Petite Hostellerie, Saint Michel, Paris, France

I’d had a lazy Sunday and didn’t have lunch… surviving instead on caffeine so by the time I’d gotten back to Saint Michel I was famished.

I’d spotted another French restaurant just past La Cochonnaille so I thought I’d give it a try.

Walking in around 5pm the tables on the ground floor were all taken except one table which is where I was seated.

La Petite Hostellerie offers several set menus for dinner and I chose the €15 option that allowed me an entree, main and desert. Very good value.

For the entree I ordered the French onion soup, for main veal in a white wine sauce, and desert crème brûlée.

Wine’s not included in the set menu price, so I just went with half a litre of the house red.

My wine and the obligatory half loaf of the best bread you’ve ever tasted arrived and I was able to sit back and just watch the restaurant staff and patrons while I awaited my soup.

It was a bit of a comedy of errors, the tables are packed in so tight that I had to get out of my seat to allow the table next to me to leave, and for the next set of patrons to get in. More later!

The soup arrived, super hot, but really good. The cheese on the croutons was still bubbling when it arrived.

Next to turn up was the main course, the veal in white wine, and I must say that this was superb. A simple dish with a great taste.

Finally my crème brûlée arrived with a solid sugary caramel crust on top of vanilla goodness. Yummy!

As I finished my wine I got back to watching the staff. As the tables were packed in so tight food was passed across the tables to the neighbouring table as the staff couldn’t get in.

Finally, as I was finishing up, I had some dish thrust into to face and about to be put onto the table. I said no, I didn’t order anything else but all that got was a confused looked as they insisted that it was mine… another no and the dish was gone, but the exchange got a smile and laugh from the neighbouring table, I just said “I love a cabaret with dinner”.

The food here is very good, but it’s let down by the service due to having too many tables. There is also an upstairs area.

Café le Petit Pont, Saint Michel, Paris, France

After a bit of a siesta after a Saturday of eating and drinking I headed off to see what restaurants were hiding in the laneways of Saint Michel to see what the options were. I strolled down to Boulevard Saint-Germain, up Rue Dante and Rue de l’Hotel Colbert and Quai du Montebello but nothing really took my fancy, and those that did were full. Shakespeare and Company was closed for the day and I’d started to lose hope.

About 50m past Shakespeare and Company was Café le Petit Pont. The place was bustling but had a few tables available so I went in and was given a seat facing towards Notre Dame Cathedral.

I was looking for something on the light side rather than a large meal, so I decided on a pizza. The Orientale approximates a meat lovers pizza in Australia containing tomato sauce, North African sausage, ground beef, red sweet pepper, mozzarella cheese, olives.

To drink I had a half litre of Cotes du Rhone red wine.

Pizza was OK, the wine was decent. The view of the cathedral at night was great. The escapades of the restaurant tout trying to entice folks in was entertaining.