Trés French: St. Germain

Staying close to St. Germain, it was easy to combine a long evening stroll with our search for a suitable dinner restaurant.

Laurent at épicurien suggested, if in Paris, I should definitely try Le Comptoir. The new restaurant of Yves Camdeborde, formerly of La Régalade, is located at the Carrefour de l’Odéon 9, Paris 75006, and an annex to the new hotel Relais Saint-Germain. A very cozy restaurant, it sits a few people inside, but has a very open and breezy terrace on the street, which makes a perfect people-watching place. I also really like the sign above the restaurant. Combining modern with traditional.

Unfortunately what we didn’t take into account was the Indian summer and the love of the French to eat out. The restaurant was fully booked!

In search for option number two, we came across La Brasserie Saint Benoit. A small place just off the main street, the terrace was fully booked but we managed to find a small table for two inside. So at 10:30pm we finally started dinner.

It was a feast of French food and wine. We started with snails in garlic sauce and home made foie gras. Following, the main course is a blur … because then we had dessert. There are no words to describe the dessert, so I will let the picture talk. We ordered a Ile Flottante, which means floating island. A fluffy meringue like ‘island’ in a ‘sea’ of custard, which must have been the most impressive dessert I ever had. A paradise! It made us almost regret the food before, as we couldn’t finish it, but all the effort was worth it.

And if anyone can suggest a foolproof recipe for Ile Flottante, please don’t hesitate.

La Brasserie Saint Benoit: 26, rue Saint Benoit, 75006 Paris, Tel: 01/45 48 29 66

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