The President is pretty popular here in Paris. I saw these three things within a mile of each other this afternoon: a painting in front of the Pompidou, a blown up magazine cover at a newstand, and a poster for some sort of art show.
I walked a long way to get here (all the way from Sacre Cour) and then had to wait in line for mad long, but Relais de l’Entrecote was worth it.
You can only order one thing. Steak frite and salad.
The salad was simple but incredibly flavorful and satisfying - topped with a salty-sweet, garlicky, lightly cream-based dressing and toasted walnuts. Paired with a rich, chewy piece of bread (how do the Parisians make their bread actually flavorful?), it was a perfect app.
The main course was four very rare slices of steak covered in a garlic-basil butter — out of this world flavor and tenderness. I’ve never been an enormous steak fan, but this really showed me how beef can have a complexity and nuance that other meats can’t approximate.
The best part of the meal was when the waitress brought out seconds of the steak and fries!! I was just talking about how it was so good that I could order another serving, when she brought it out for free! It felt like a miracle.
Then desert. The most incredible creme brulee I’ve ever had. Also not generally a huge creme brulee person. But this was by far the best I’ve ever had: perfectly charred sugary top, not overwhelming with crunchiness because it didn’t cake the entire top, and the subtlest creme center, not too eggy, not too sweet, just perfect…
Please, if you go to Paris, do yourself the favor. Wait in the line. Deal with the crowds and the inconvenience. This place is insanely good.