I once featured on this blog a hip and historic eatery called Poulette. I had originally gone for the Art Nouveau ceramic tiling, old zinc bar, and a decidedly“Downton Abbey” vibe as one travel writer had described it.
That day I sat at the bar for a tea and a photo shoot which you can see here. But what also caught my eye were beautiful lunch plates being whisked out from the kitchen toward packed tables of content diners. I didn’t order that day but I put this place immediately on my “To Eat” list.
A few days ago an old high school friend came to Paris for the first time and I scoured my notes for ways to show him a good culinary time. I was reminded of Poulette and promptly reserved a table, all the while reading numerous variations of the same online reviews: “the best steak frites ever”…”amazing fries”…”perfectly cooked beef”…
The mission was clear: to confirm or deny this tantalizing claim with my own taste buds. So thirteen hours and 16.5 euros later I had my own portion in front of me. Would it live up to the hype?
It absolutely did — this is a fantastic steak frites! The beef was tender, moist and cooked just the way I’d asked. No fancy sauces were needed; aside from salt and pepper the only other condiment offered was good ol’ French moutarde.
The fries, which so many restaurants take for granted, were equally as impressive; they were crispy, warm, and seasoned with just enough of something — I couldn’t quite tell what — to elevate them to another realm. The plate was balanced out with a no-frills salad that was simple but fresh and it did its job. Frankly I could have eaten myself into oblivion but luckily the portions are kept reasonable in a place like this. :-)
Well done to Poulette for not only creating a charming old-timey vibe but delivering on a classic that most French restaurants tend to be judged on. I will be recommending this place in the future to whoever wants to listen (like you guys, for starters!).
To have your own memorable meat moment you can find this place at 3 Rue Étienne Marcel in the 1st arrondissement. Bon appetit in advance!
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