Café Med
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Heather Stimmler-Hall in 4th arrondissement, Dining under €15, Dining €15-€30, Ile St Louis, Jeanne Cummings, Paris, budget, restaurant

Cafe Med
77 rue Saint Louis-en-I'ile, 4th
M° Pont Marie
01 43 28 73 17

Review by Jeanne Cummings

Along with finding dinners for under 20 euros, I also have the challenge of being in Paris on Mondays when many places are closed. I have a feeling that this restaurant is not new to most people, but it was a first time visit for me. I thought it was great. Remember my guidelines (under 20 euros) when I say great.

It's small, maybe 12 tables, feels local (we were in a corner so I couldn't hear anyone else talking besides my American girlfriends), and friendly. At least the waitress that night was very pleasant - she didn't even give me a dirty look when I asked for buerre s'il vous plait I have to have butter with my French bread! I'm trying to ween myself but so far it's not working.

There is a €12.90 menu and a €19.90 menu. One person splurged and got the €19.90 menu and her food was the same as the rest of ours, except she was able to get a goat cheese salad that was not worth the extra money. I had a potato carrot soup that was very flavorful, another lady had the fois gras (wonderful), others had salad (not bad).

Main courses are nothing special, but good enough. No one ordered the duck, but maybe that would have been something special. We had steak and chicken. The steak (faux filet) was about 1/4 inch thick with peppercorn sauce. With the potatoes it was surprisingly delicious. For desert we all had the chocolate fondant or rich cake with creme anglais. Yumm! Since we're cheap and not wine experts, the carafes of red wine were good too!

 

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