June 5, 2002
A lot of the small, neighborhood restaurants are closed on Sundays and/or Mondays, but Bistro d'Hubert is open 7 days a week. Some English is spoken and service is excellent -- warm and attentive without being overbearing.
My husband started his dinner with a "nougat" of duck confit and a creamy cheese filling. It was unusual and tasty. His rib steak was cooked exactly to his liking, but there was nothing exciting about it. His dessert was an apple cake with a scoop of Granny Smith apple sorbet that was amazing; it was the essence of apple taste and even suggested the texture of apple although it was clearly a sorbet. It was the star of the meal. I started with a tomato stuffed with what was described on the menu as tuna tartare but was actually more like tuna salad -- I was disappointed. My main dish was a juicy chicken breast coated in a crispy almond crust, served with shredded vegetables that were garnished with almonds. Although there was nothing wrong with the ingredients, it was a totally boring dish. I finished with a chocolate dessert that was halway between a mousse and a ganache. Good, but not exciting. This restaurant uses good quality ingredients and the menu reads well, but the execution was dull. Nevertheless, there was nothing really wrong with anything, and, as I said, it is open 7 days a week.
From journal Eat Like a Parisian