If you’re a food enthusiast looking for an extraordinary dining experience that transports you to the heart of France, look no further than Bouillon l’Entrecôte. Nestled in a cozy corner of the city, this restaurant boasts an ambience that effortlessly combines classic elegance with a touch of contemporary charm. I recently had the pleasure of indulging in their Saturday Lunch Fixe Menu, and let me tell you, it was a culinary journey like no other.
Stepping into Bouillon l’Entrecôte is akin to entering a Parisian brasserie. The warm hues, subtle lighting, and comfortable seating exude a sense of intimacy, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely lunch. The tasteful décor, adorned with vintage French posters and rustic accents, creates an inviting atmosphere that immediately transports you to the cobbled streets of Paris.
As the meal commenced, I was greeted with a delightful welcome drink – the Kir Royale. The effervescence of the champagne combined with the sweetness of crème de cassis set the tone for what promised to be an unforgettable afternoon.
The first course featured a French classic – snails with parsley butter. The six snails were perfectly cooked and bathed in a luscious parsley-infused butter. The dish was beautifully paired with a glass of Domaine du Nozay Sancerre 2020, a crisp and refreshing white wine with pronounced citrus and mineral notes that elevated the flavours of the snails.
Domaine du Nozay Sancerre 2020: This crisp and elegant Sancerre opens with a bouquet of zesty citrus fruits, including lemon and grapefruit, combined with delicate floral hints. On the palate, it showcases a refreshing acidity that balances the richness of the snails, while the pronounced mineral notes enhance the overall experience.
The main course was a true masterpiece – tender Flank Steak served with a generous portion of golden pomme frites. The steak, cooked to perfection, was succulent and bursting with flavour. Accompanying the dish was the Paris mash, enriched with aromatic truffle oil, providing a delightful twist to the traditional mashed potatoes. To complement this course, Max (Garçon) offered a glass of Château Haut-Ségur Cuvée Milon Lussac-Saint-Émilion 2014, a Bordeaux red wine that impressed with its bold, velvety texture and hints of blackberries and spice. Additionally, a glass of M. Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauneuf Du Pape 2020 was served, an elegant red wine with complex layers of fruit and subtle earthy undertones.
Château Haut-Ségur Cuvée Milon Lussac-Saint-Émilion 2014: Hailing from the esteemed Lussac-Saint-Émilion appellation, this Bordeaux red reveals a deep garnet hue, hinting at its maturity. The nose is greeted with aromas of ripe dark berries, accented by subtle earthy nuances and a touch of vanilla from oak aging. On the palate, the wine boasts a velvety texture, with notes of blackberries, plums, and a hint of spice.
M. Chapoutier La Bernadine Chateauneuf Du Pape 2020: Crafted in one of the most prestigious appellations in the Southern Rhône, this Chateauneuf Du Pape offers a captivating aroma of red cherries, black raspberries, and dried herbs. The first sip reveals a full-bodied wine with a rich, silky mouthfeel, showcasing flavours of dark fruits, black pepper, and subtle earthiness.
The grand finale came in the form of a classic French dessert – Creme Brulee. The perfectly caramelized sugar crust gave way to a rich and creamy custard beneath, leaving a delightful contrast of textures with every spoonful. To complement this sweet indulgence, a glass of M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017 was poured. This sweet white wine presented a bouquet of floral and apricot notes, ending the meal on a high note.
M. Chapoutier La Combe Pilate Viognier 2017: This sweet Viognier from the Northern Rhône Valley greets the senses with a vibrant bouquet of ripe apricots, peach, and honeysuckle, mingled with floral undertones. The wine’s opulent sweetness is balanced by a lively acidity, making it an ideal partner for the creamy and indulgent Creme Brulee.
My lunch experience at Bouillon l’Entrecôte was nothing short of extraordinary. From the elegant ambience that transported me to the streets of Paris to the exquisitely curated menu that celebrated the very best of French cuisine, every element of the experience was meticulously crafted.
The food, in particular, was a gastronomic symphony that celebrated the rich flavours and culinary traditions of France. Each course was thoughtfully paired with exceptional wines, elevating the dining experience to new heights. The attentive and knowledgeable staff further enhanced the experience, providing seamless service that ensured my lunch was a memorable affair.
If you’re in search of an exceptional dining experience that captures the essence of French cuisine, Bouillon l’Entrecôte should undoubtedly be at the top of your list. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in the pleasures of life, this hidden gem promises an unforgettable journey for your taste buds and an unforgettable memory that will linger long after you leave. Bon appétit!