A rather classic French restaurant in the South of Paris.
1 place Balard
I did not have any special recommendation, I was just searching for a simple restaurant around the Balard station for lunch on a sunny day.
The terrace obviously seems best for this type of weather but there were no available tables and we thus had to go inside where we could still get a (little) bit of sun.
I passed by the place where the various cakes are shown and kept cool behind a glass (no picture of that, though) and thought I should definitely try one of them! One I did not try but still looked pretty good was the Lemon pie, I would recommend it just by having seen it!
I had a “Cœur de rumsteak” with French fries (17 euros):
The meat was well cooked and really tender, although not as hot as I would have expected (did it wait a bit too long after leaving the pan until it landed on my table? or is this to be expected for this piece of meat cooked “medium rare”? Probably not.). The fries were rather big and pretty tasty. I still think that’s a little bit expensive for here, nowhere near any really nice place in Paris.
The “Andouillette“, also with French fries (14 euros) was a fair deal:
Nothing special about the red wine, but still pretty expensive (5.5 euros for just 1/4 liter — if I remember correctly):
We then had the “Tarte aux pommes” (apple pie, 7 euros), decent but not much better:
and the “Crème brûlée” (7 euros):
the caramelized part of which (on the top) was really good, but the cream inside was a bit disappointing. Pretty substantial though!
Overall, the quality was probably slightly above the average, but — I think — not enough to justify the prices (they’re okay, but you’d expect that in a nicer district).