I started my meal with celery soup. It was bright green and chunky. I expected cream of celery, but this was very satisfying, with intense flavor. I followed with crepes Argentuel, which was a large crepe filled with asparagus in a bechamel sauce. It was wonderful and suprisingly filling. Others tried the Forestiere, which had mushrooms with bechamel, and the Popeye, which had ham and spinach. My daughter, who is into plain, had a crepe with maple syrup--very simple and very good. There are plenty of vegetarian choices here.
For dessert, I had a decadent crepe filled with melted chocolate and coconut. It was the stuff dreams are made of. Inez had pears and chocolate, and Joe had lemon. Both were very good--I tasted them. Al had chestnut ice cream.
This is a great casual choice, and the service was friendly, fast, and efficient. We were able to find a cab back to the Queen Mary right around the corner. If you want to feel like a Parisian, this is a simple and afforable way to do it. It is small, though, and at first smoke wasn't a problem, but by the time we left, it was getting pretty smoky.
February 12, 2002
From journal Paris- Beyond the Obvious