BC (Black Calavados)
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 8th arrondissement, Contemporary, Dining €50-€100, Trendy

40, avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, 8th
M° Alma-Marceau or George V
Tel 01 47 20 77 77

www.blackcalavados.com

 

I've been to the bar many times, but in May I finally got to test out the restaurant after the Chris Cornell concert at Le Showcase. Here's the official description: 

"Jerome Lorvellec, previously sous chef at Nobu and head chef at Pershing Hall, brings to BC a nouvelle cuisine attitude from the West coast of America, with savory creations that are simple yet playful. Mixed greens, foie gras with popcorn and vodka jelly, Mac and cheese with truffles, Surf and turf beef filet on roasted lobster and the BC wagyu burger top."

The decor is like the bar, all black laquered walls with silver/grey booths that make it intimate without being claustrophobic. The style is contemporary but formal, with white tablecloths and upscale china. The low-lit ambience makes it popular with couples (press photo shows the bar on top, the restaurant below).

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It was hard to choose from the menu. My friends tried the huge Argentinean T-bone steaks and fries (there was nothing left, so they must have been good), and I had the Caramel Quail, which, aside from the little drumsticks, had all of the bones surgically removed without ripping it apart (see my photo). It is covered in a caramelised sauce with little puffs of mashed potatoes on the side. It was absolutely perfect, I thought I was going to die. I had waited so long because of some critical reviews and didn't want to be disappointed. Maybe the French critics just don't want to admit that (well-done) American cuisine is superb.

 

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For dessert I had something that's not listed on the website, a dish with fried Nutella balls and banana sorbet (a chic alternative to my fave dessert of all time, a banana/Nutelle crêpe). I was nice and shared my balls. The only complaint? There should be more! A whole bucket of fried Nutella balls, please! ;)

They have a fine selection of wines and Champagne cocktails, but we ended up going down to the bar for drinks afterwards. The restaurant has cigars, although I don't know how they will be able to serve those once the smoking ban takes effect in January 2008. Maybe they'll build the required "smoking section", buy considering the small size, I doubt it. Who would want to ruin the fine food with the smell of smoke anyway? ;)

Open 7:30pm-3am (last orders at 2am), count on about €50-75 for a meal, depending on what you drink.

Update on Sunday, September 30, 2007 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall
As of September 2007, there's now a bar in the restaurant, handy for those who just want a drink but don't want to wait until the bar downstairs gets going (around 1am). I had a chocolate vodka cocktail with pop rocks around the rim, and my friend had the Champagne with a scoop of Coco Cola ice cream (or was it sorbet?) in it. There's also a new menu, with all types of food from low-key to haut cuisine (I tried the fabulous fish & chips with black ketchup). Worth a detour, even if you've been before.
Update on Friday, November 28, 2008 by Registered CommenterHeather Stimmler-Hall

The BC changed the restaurant into a lounge, so they have replaced the dining tables with more comfortable lounge seating, but still serve food. I'll post the photos as soon as I get a chance to stop by.

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