Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is a bit of an institution in Paris. Having first visited back in 2010, I made sure that we went for dinner on this trip, as it was the perfect spot for a fulfilling meal of Steak Frites (steak and fries), served in a traditional French maid type of setting. There are three different locations in Paris, with each one being run by a different sibling from the same family. Each sibling has also licensed out the business concept, with l’Entrecôte now being found in London, New York, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Doha and Beirut.
If steak is not your thing, or you are a vegetarian or vegan…I wouldn’t bother. Steak & Frites is on the menu…and that is it!
The venue is always busy and very popular with locals and tourists alike. Out in the cold whilst we wait for a table, we spy on the large platters of steak and crispy thin fries being served to customers in the warm and welcoming dining room. Surprisingly the line moves quickly, and within half an hour we are seated amongst the others in the warmth.
The appealing concept of Le Relais de l’Entrecôte is the menu …when it comes to the entree and main, there is only one choice. Everyone receives a simple but oh so flavoursome salad of Lettuce topped with Walnuts and Mustard Vinaigrette.
Fresh and crunchy Baguette is also served alongside, which I could eat for days. We don’t get the same quality of baguette here in Sydney. The expertise and ingredients are definitely of a higher quality in France.
You will notice that all of the waitresses are women, and they all dress in a very elegant black and white maids outfit. They are prompt, curt and helpful, and speak enough English to explain what is going on.
The supply of Steak and Frites feels endless. They originally serve your plate with half the portion, whilst the remainder is kept warm on the side. Once finished, they will serve the second portion (which is just as large) and it’s game on for round two of eating.
Only at dessert time is there the option to choose from a menu. There are multiple desserts seen whizzing around to tables in the dining room, and we decide on two to share. The menu is all in French, and hand written, so we make out the words that we know and order two fruity options. Not to worry, there are chocolate desserts on the menu as well.
Our first choice was the La Sorbet a La Framboise – which is pretty much a Raspberry Sorbet. Fresh, light, sour and sweet it works well after a heavy meal, but not generally my favourite flavour when choosing sorbet.
More to my liking is the Pommes Galette – Apple Pie, served with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream and drizzled in Honey. The base is wafer thin and there is a thin layer of creme patissiere, before the perfectly cut apples are layered on top. After a few mouthfuls I was more then content, and in need of a long walk. Luckily we had spent the day at the Louvre (which will be my next Parisian post) and had worked up the appetite for such a hearty dinner.
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte
20 Rue Saint-Benoît, Paris, France
(more locations in Paris are found on the website below)
Ph: +33 1 45 49 16 00
After all these yummy photos, I’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, thankfully I am about to head off to lunch. I hope you all enjoy the weekend, and to those in Paris or visiting soon, I’m sure you will love this venue xxx