My monthly contribution to My French Life, theglobal community of French and francophiles connecting like-minded people in English & Frenchhas just been published, this time in the Gastronomie section.
One of the best inventions in French cuisine in recent years, in my opinion, is the café gourmand.
I’m not big on desserts. Also I think that the best and most inventive dishes in French restaurants are the entrées. By the time dessert comes, I’ve usually had enough to eat. What I really prefer is a cup of coffee with a little tidbit on the side. And that is exactly what a café gourmand is, except that there are usually three or four different little tidbits. Read more
We first got to know Le Mesturet during a food and wine-tasting with our wine-tasting circle and have been back many times since particularly in winter. Since it’s very close to the stockmarket (Bourse), it’s a popular lunchtime venue.
The menu changes with the season so at the moment, it includes hare pâté with pear chutney, velouté of pumpkin with grilled black pig pieces, venison shepherd’s pie with wood hedgehog mushrooms and sweet potatoes, deer civet with celeriac purée and chestnuts and wild boar cutlets with Grand Veneur sauce, red cabbage with smoked bacon pieces and spiced apple sauce. All delicious!
Average entrée price 8 euro, main course, 15.
Entrée + main course or main course + dessert : 22 euros
Entrée + main course + dessert = 28 euros.
Excellent selection of wine by the glass, carafe or bottle
Le Mestruet, 77 rue de Richelieu, 75002, Paris, Tel: 01 42 97 40 68
Restaurant open every day from 12 noon to 3 pm and 7 to 11 pm (last order).
Bar open Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 4 pm and 6.30 pm to 11 pm
Saturday and Sunday all day from 9 am to 11 pm
Book on-line by clicking on “Réservez en un click” on www.lemesturet.com