Monday, 6 February 2012

cafe constant

On Saturday night I met up with Tabitha, a fellow traveller from my Oasis Overland tour last summer, and her friend Hilary, who were visiting Paris for a few days from London. We went for dinner at Cafe Constant, which is a well reviewed restaurant happily situated just around the corner from my apartment and close to the Eiffel tower.

The restaurant is owned by Christian Constant, who runs three restaurants on the same block: Cafe Constant, Le Violon d'Ingres, and Les Cocottes. Of the three, Cafe Constant is the lowest priced and the most casual - a relaxed cafe atmosphere. We went for an early dinner, arriving around 7 pm and were seated right away, but by the time we left there was a line out the door. We enjoyed a very reasonably priced bottle of wine and I had the Blonde Aquitaine steak as my main, which came with purée de mon enfance - literally translated as the 'mashed potatoes of my childhood'. The steak was well cooked and seasoned, and the mashed potatoes were a tasty way to soak up the extra sauce. I wasn't adventurous enough to try the 'head, tongue, and crispy veal brains' this time around, but maybe I will have the nerve on my next visit!

For dessert I opted for the apple tart. Lots of thinly sliced apple on a buttery, caramel-ly crust with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. I had originally decided on the chocolate quenelle (chocolate mousse) with crème anglaise, but the waiter suggested that the apple tart was much better and I'm glad I took his advice. Definitely a place I will go again - reasonably priced, large portions, and good service. Even better, a great opportunity to catch up with a friend I hadn't seen since we parted ways in Malawi last June!

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