This is for a series of posts related to a Paris 2014 trip including:
L’Arpège, Maison va Privat, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: St. Germain, British Airways, First Hotel Paris, Maison Berthillon, La Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel, Brasserie de la Girandole, Royal Cambronne, Relais de l'Entrecote: Montparnasse, L'as Du Fallafel, Le Ronsard, and Rue Montorgueil Market.
In Paris, one of my favorite places to visit is the Garden at Versailles. Sure, the palace itself is grandiose and historic, but the ability to walk through the gorgeously manicured lawns, have a picnic by the water, and row a boat across the canal is paralleled.
And if you're feeling a bit peckish, you have a few options throughout the palace and gardens. But my go-to place is in the middle of the garden - a cafe almost hidden within a maze of greenery.
Brasserie de la Girandole is a cafe in the best sense of the word - relaxed and informal, with the ability to execute standard dishes properly.
So we grabbed a table under some shade and received some fresh slices of baguette to start.
Poulet Roti dans son Jus [13 Euros = $16.68]
Roasted chicken in his "juice," french fries, green salad
The GF opted for the chicken, which featured a leg and a thigh. Fresh, juicy, and moist - this had good flavor. The accompanying fries were crisp and creamy, with some greens and ripe tomatoes on the side.
Faux Filet [14.50 Euros = $18.61]
Sirloin steak, peppercorn sauce, french fries, green salad
I ordered my steak medium-rare, knowing that compared to U.S. expectations, it would come out closer to rare. The peppercorn sauce was luscious and complemented the tender steak really well.
The accompanying fries were perfect on my plate as well - some of the best steak fries I've ever had.
After lunch, I knew to pop on over towards the back of the restaurant to grab some sweet snacks for the GF and I while we walked through the gardens.
Glaces Vanilles [4 Euros = $5.13]
The soft-serve vanilla ice cream was creamy and light, perfect for the summer day. The sweet waffle cone provided some texture towards the end as well.
Glaces Chocolat [4 Euros = $5.13]
I opted for some chocolate ice cream, which was dark and rich.
So if you're at Versailles and are enjoying the gardens, do pop on over to Brasserie de la Girandole if you're looking for a light lunch or some sweet treats. You'll be glad you did - especially if you decide to row your significant other on the canal.