Paris is definitely one of the most romantic cities and one of my favourite! I was seriously the happiest girl on earth as soon as we landed in Charles De Gaulle airport hehe 😀
I have so many stories and places I’d love to share with you guys! But first I’d like to share a few photos that I took this time which I really like ~
Last time I went to Paris, I was a little younger and I don’t think I appreciated the architecture as much ~ But I remember going up the Eiffel Tower and how pretty I was to look at the city from above. We didn’t go up this time because queues were seriously crazy especially with only one elevator working. The iconic Eiffel Tower is still stunning and looks even better at night when it’s sparkles and shines 😀
Win Win took this picture and I love it! It’s Basilique du Sacré-Cœur a Roman Catholic Church at the highest point in the city ~ It not is this church amazing, it also provides a magnificent view of the rest of Paris 🙂 This time we went Sacré-Cœur was covered in snow, which was quite different from last time when we went.
Source: Paris Must See
Anyhow, do you remember Burger and Lobster in London and how they only had 3 items on their menu? Here at Le Relais de L’Entrecote there’s only ONE ITEM on the menu and that’s Steak and Fries! Yup that’s it! Nothing else! They have an extensive dessert menu but other than that you’re not going to get any savoury dishes 😀
Ignorantly, I haven’t heard of Le Relais de L’Entrecote before coming to Paris nor did I know it was so famous 😛 but Win Win had visited Paris so many times and have tried Le Relais de L’Entrecote and she said it’s definitely ‘blogworthy’ so I took her word 🙂 We tried going on the second night we were in Paris, but at 8pm…lines were still crazy and being -6 degrees Celsius we didn’t want to wait so went else where. The next day I made sure we got there just before 6pm…then realised they don’t open till 7pm *FAIL* We didn’t know what to do or where to go so we ended up standing outside in the cold for nearly an hour hahaha I was worried that this wasn’t worth it 😛
Eventually, the hour past and we were finally let inside to this tiny restaurants with tables back to back, it was rather cramped and to be honest, not the most comfortable. But staff were friendly with huge smiles on their faces. Win Win warned Anonymous Sister and I again lol “Don’t bother asking for a menu! There’s only steak and fries you just tell them how you want the steak cooked” hahaha The friendly waitress immediately asked how we would like the steak cooked. I replied “medium rare”, she shook her head and said in her thick French accent “No no no here Rare, Medium or Well done no Medium Rare”. Wow…super strict 😛 So I just stuck with medium ~
Nearly instantly, another waitress popped down three plates of walnut salad in front of us, which consisted of greens with a mustard vinaigrette topped with chopped walnuts. Great starter as it was tangy and crunchy ~ would love to have that vinaigrette on my salads again.
Service was super efficient here, once we finished our salads, the plates were immediately taken from our tables and plate full of freshly cute baguettes were placed in the middle of our table. Turns out the steak and fries was €27EUR ($35AUD) and the rest were complimentary 🙂
I realised there was a small table right next to ours with little racks with candles underneath it, then a waitress came over and places a large plate of fries on top of one of the racks and steaks on the other and began plating them for us.
I’m not sure how the waitresses divided the steaks because Anonymous Sis wanted her steak well done, and they seemed to come from the same plate of steaks 😛
I realised that they only gave us 4 to 5 slices of steak and we were all entitled to another serving, once we finished our first serving and unlimited refills for fries. Which I thought was actually quite reasonably priced for only €27EUR!
It’s such a simple dish, perfectly grilled steak with this delicious butter sauce, which I later found out was called Café de Paris sauce or otherwise known as Paris butter. It’s a known to be a complex butter sauce and made from various ingredients such as chicken livers, fresh thyme, thyme flowers, full cream, white Dijon mustard, butter, water, salt and pepper. After being made the sauce is a yellowish brown colour, but when it melts on the hot plate its served on, it turns a pea-soup green colour 🙂
The Café de Paris sauce is quite unique, its has an extremely strong butter flavour as you would expect, you can also take the Dijon and and salt but I couldn’t pick up the chicken liver used ~ Either way it’s very delicious and addictive, we were definitely compelled to use the baguette to mop up any sauce left on our plates.
Thank gosh they had an extensive dessert menu and as soon as you walked in you were welcomed by a dessert trolley, sorry I didn’t take a picture of it ~ The lovely waitress recommended their most popular dessert the chocolate profiteroles with an vanilla ice-cream filling topped with chocolate sauce and flaked almonds. I could see why it was their popular desserts, it was delectable! The profiteroles still had a slight crispiness to it and when biting into it vanilla ice-cream will gently ooze out. While the chocolate sauce was not overly sweet and made from dark chocolate which complimented it very well. Highly recommend you ordering this if you go to Le Relais de L’Entrecote!
Anonymous Sis wanted to only get one dessert, she obviously got shot down by multiple death stares from me 😛 I then chose a rather light and refreshing dessert, Tarte au Citron or better known as Lemon Tarts in the English speaking world ~ The lemon filling was really running and appeared more like a lemon curd in a sweet short crust pastry case. Even though it was different to what I expected it was still lovely!
I have never had a dining experience like I did at Le Relais de L’Entrecote 🙂 Where there’s only one item on the menu! But I really enjoyed the steak and that addictive Café de Paris sauce, I found a very similar recipe in Valli Little’s cookbook so I can’t wait to try making it at home ourselves ~ I definitely would recommend you going trying out Le Relais de L’Entrecote if you’re in Paris, just get there early to avoid long queues, don’t ask for a menu and remember to ALWAYS order dessert 😀
Le Relais de L’Entrecote
271 Boulevard Pereire
75017 Paris, France
PH:+33 1 45 74 27 97