Friday, March 6, 2015

Relais de l'Entrecote: Montparnasse Review

This is for a series of posts related to a Paris 2014 trip including: 
While in Paris, I knew I wanted to finally try Relais de l'Entrecote. Sure it's just steak frites, but their green sauce is oft-lauded. So before a late-night show at the Moulin Rouge, we stopped by the Montparnasse location for dinner. 

Be prepared for a decent wait, with families and couples enjoying their prix fixe meals. 

Once seated, the server will simply ask if you'd like some wine and ask for the temperature of your steak. Once determined, the temp of our steak will be scribbled on your table.

A few slices of baguette are provided before the meal starts. Some of that great French dijon mustard is available as well. 

Steak Frites Dinner [26.50 Euros pp = $34 pp]

The frisee salad was well-dressed in a light vinaigrette, topped with a few walnuts and some radish.

But really, it' all about the steak. A huge platter comes to the side of your table, with your server providing you with the first portion of your steak. The rest is kept warm until you're ready for your second serving! 

The steaks were cooked perfectly - medium-rare for me and medium for the GF. The beef was nicely tender, but really it's all about that sauce. I'm not really sure what's in it, though I'm pretty sure there's some tarragon, parsley, and dijon. Regardless, for a guy that never uses sauce for his steaks, I could not get enough. Bottle that up! 

The fries weren't anything to scoff at either - crispy and creamy. They weren't seasoned much, but this provides even more excuse to use up that Dijon mustard - it had such great kick!

We didn't have time for dessert, but if you do have the luxury, I hear the profiteroles are good. Service was cordial, though not exactly friendly - but it's clear they're all working hard. Some of the tables are a bit close for comfort as well. There didn't appear to be any air conditioning available, which further compounded the issue because it was warm outside.

Regardless, if you're looking for a proper place to get steak frites in Paris, I wouldn't hesitate to head over to a Relais de l'Entrecote. It may be a chain of sorts, but the steaks are executed well and that sauce is heavenly.

Relais de l'Entrecote: Montparnasse
101 Blvd du Montparnasse 
Paris, France 75006 

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