« Psst…meet me at Café des Ministères », whispers Normal 1er (aka François Hollande) to his friend Jean Yves. « It’s easy to park ze scooter and the food is exceptional. We’ll sit in a quiet corner, nobody will see us, and it’s next to the Assemblée Nationale, so no wasted travelling time. Taking into account the economy’s in such bad shape, there’s an Assiette de Fruits de Mer at 18.50€ it’s a no brainer my friend »
« Mais oui mon President », answers Jean Yves. « Of course I’ll meet you at Ministères. The old place, always a favourite of mine, has been given a bit of a make-over by Pierre Canot and Thierry Peltraut. And, you haven’t seen Alix Waline’s wall paintings or the Yves Klein style blue lobsters in the window, nickel ! ».
So, they meet, they eat, and only you and I know it really was Normal 1er (aka François Hollande) and his BF Jean-Yves, tête-à-tête over a bottle of Bordeaux Haut-Selve (27€) starters of : Plateau de Ministères : Soupe de Poissons, croûtons : Friture d’encornets/chipirons. Sharing (VT is no longer counting Normal 1er’s calories) Petit Poêlon de moules à la Provençale, sabayon l’anis. Mains : le cabillaud sauvage, le live homard de Bretagne, as you like it. Sole de nos côtes : Dorade Royal(e) (in hommage to Ségolène) au fenouil. And there’s still room for La Tarte Fin Chaude aux pommes, sauce amandine, glace vanille. Royal ! Schhh….
Café des Ministères,
83, rue de l’Université, 7th
M : Assemblee Nationale
A La Carte Average spend 50€
Breakfast 10-20€ & 13.20€
T : 01 47 05 43 62
Open Mon-Sat from 7.30-22hrs.
Pasta and Burgers, two items you should think twice about ordering on a first date or at a business lunch. Can be very messy darling. Apparently researchers in Japan spent four months working out the best way to (b)eat a burger. Three experts in fluid mechanics, engineering and dentistry worked together producing a 3D scan of a hamburger which they then analyzed on a particle level (me neither!).
Their conclusion was that while most people pick up their burgers with thumbs on the bottom, other fingers on top, the experts decided that burger eaters should have their thumbs and pinkies supporting the bottom bun and their middle fingers spread evenly on top to minimize spillage, maximize the amount of beef and bun making it into the mouth.
You may be familiar with Mamie Burger, rue Saint Fiacre, 2nd. A tiny space, always packed. Now there’s MB Opera, a bigger space, always packed ! Well organized, order at the counter and wait for your bleeper to flash, collect, the find a seat in the loft style space. It’s a bit squashed, but great for making NBF’s (new best friends).
So, which ever way you hold your burger at Mamie B the beef’s from Hugo Desnoyer, bread from an artisan baker, veg and salads are organic.
Quality/ price an excellent deal. For Ashton: Papi Dedi beef, bacon, cheddar, pickles, caramelized onions, barbecue sauce. For me: La belle-mere veggie burger: And also Mamie Burger Classic: Tonton Jeff: Le Gringo (homage to the World Cup & Brazil) etc. Sides, double fried frits: coleslaw: salads etc. Gallia Paris brewed beers, shakes and organic Bionade. End with Cookie: Cheesecake: Pecan Pie etc.
But I only want a salad! Three choices, Germaine, Charlette, Armande. And, during the world cup, delivered to your door call on 06 37 66 28 50. Yum !
16 rue de la Michaudiere, 2nd
Average Spend 16€
T: 01 42 33 97 74
Sunny Terrace of the Week : Nice One Cyril
Cyril Lignac puts his magic touch to a maison formerly owned by the Chardenoux family (from the Lozere region) since 1904. CL adds new meaning to bistro cooking on the country garden terrace. Sea bream carpaccio : Ravioli of scampi : Royale of Foie Gras : Salade Niçois : Cod in Miso sauce : Roast Landes chicken : seasonal desserts. Un moment farniente chez Cyril. And, don’t foget to check out La Pâtisserie by CL opposite at :
24 rue Paul Bert, T : 01 43 72 74 88
Le Chardenoux by Cyril Lignac,
1 rue Jules Valles, 11th
M : Charonne (9) Faidherbe Chaligny (8)
Lunch 22€-27€ A La Carte 39€