Sunday, February 22, 2015

Royal Cambronne Review

This is for a series of posts related to a Paris 2014 trip including: 

After a long day enjoying Paris, the GF and I decided to head back to the hotel and have dinner at one of the establishments by First Hotel Paris. We opted to stop by Royal Cambronne, looking forward to the wine and cafe fare.

It was a perfect night so we decided to dine al fresco under an awning to enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of Paris.

Graves Bordeaux, 50 cl [13.50 Euros = $17.33]

We went with bordeaux, which wasn't too dry, with nice fruit and light spice notes. Not bad for under $20 USD for a carafe!

Gratinee a l'Oignon [7.50 Euros = $9.63]
French onion soup

The GF decided to start off with ... you guessed it, French onion soup. It was surprisingly lighter than any I've had in America, where it's typically richer, with a salty stock. I appreciated the depth of flavor despite the lightness of the soup. This was all covered by a crusty baguette and plenty of gruyere to coat it all. Nice.

Escargots a la Bourguignone par 6 [8.80 Euros = $11.29]
6 snails in Burgundy sauce 

For my starter, I decided to go a completely different route, albeit an expected one for me. Although I've had escargot before, I've never had the pleasure of enjoying them in Paris so was looking forward to it! The texture of the escargot was particularly nice, similar to claims and redolent with intense garlic, parsley, and butter.

Before our entrees, we received some soft, pita-like bread as well. FYI - France definitely has the best dijon mustard, which was perfect with the bread. The only thing better than their mustard? Their butter.

Entrecote [22.50 Euros = $28.88]
Ribeye, fries 

The GF decided to go with the steak frites and ribeye was on offer here. Keep in mind, in Paris, order your steaks a temperature above what you're used to in the States. The GF requested medium-well, and received her steak medium, which was a bit chewy for her. And while it seemed under-seasoned at first, it was better when paired with the accompanying bernaise. The fries were crisp and the salad had a light balsamic dressing.

Confit de Canard [14.90 Euros = $19.12]
Duck confit, tagliatelle pasta

I decided to go with duck confit, was perfectly cooked. Crisp skin lent its way to plenty of well-seasoned, tender duck. Instead of fries, I decided to try their tagliatelle pasta, which was nicely al dente and came with a Parmesan butter sauce. Not exactly a classic pairing on my end, but delicious nonetheless.

Royal Cambronne offered a nice, relaxing meal to end a great day in Paris. The GF didn't enjoy her steak as much as I enjoyed my duck, but both our apps and the wine was definitely on point.

Better yet? The atmosphere. It was a gorgeous Parisian night, with a live band playing Michael Jackson. Everyone was in a good mood, patrons and staff alike. At one point in the meal, a couple got up and started dancing, , with everyone clapping to the beat.

Only in Paris.

Royal Cambronne 
2 Place Cambronne
Paris, France 75015

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