A May 2004 trip
to Paris by Louisa W. Hansen
Quote: Being a hopeless romantic and a francophile, I finally came to the City of Light with my husband for our delayed honeymoon. So beautifully built and so charming with the Seine flowing through its heart, Paris surpassed my expectations in every single way.
Hotel | "Hôtel du Commerce"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 19, 2004
14 rue de la Montagne Sainte Genevieve
Paris, France 75005
16 Avenue de la Motte Picquet
+33 1 47 05 98 37
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 24, 2004
Le Relais Odeon
132 Blvd St Germain
+33 01 43 29 81 80
We were there twice during our trip. The first time, we were invited by a friend, a local. Even though we didn't have a reservation, we got a wonderful table right away. The waiters there are extremely friendly, unlike many Parisian restaurants where friendly service is not something to be expected.
There is a smoking and non-smoking section, which was a great convenience because I am allergic to smoke.
The menu has a great number of choices of appetizers, entrées and desserts. They also have a long wine list. For seafood aficionados, they can try the seafood dinner that comes in a huge platter of oysters, clams, crabs, shrimps and much more.
I ordered from a set menu, which included an appetizer that consists of an assortment of clams, oysters and mussels. Then for the entrée, I had baked lobster with white butter sauce, and my husband had crayfish. All of these were succulent in taste and presented in the most professional way.
Another time we ordered escargots -- my first time. Even though they are considered appetizers, the waiter gave no qualm about us ordering only that for dinner. In fact, they were so good we made an extra order.
Le Bar à Huîtres
33, rue Saint.Jacques
+33 01 44 07 27 37
Louisa W. Hansen