You really should reserve for Chez Dumonet. We tried to go on a Monday night for a second sitting, and it was completely packed. The chef, who was out talking to his guests, handed us the restaurant's card and told us to reserve next time. Lesson learned. I reserved a table for 2, 9:30 PM. We got there and our table wasn't free yet. No worries, the kind waiter said. We could sit at the lovely marble bar and have a drink while our table was being prepared. The bistro is very well lit, and has a warm feeling to it. You feel as if you have stepped back into the Paris of Hemmingway and Gertrude Stein. A time when Paris wasn't yet cluttered with cars and the charm and style of the Belle Epoque reigned supreme.
Chez Dumonet has an incredible menu. There were fresh truffles available, and a whole side of the menu was devoted to dishes that featured the rare black mushroom. Old style French dishes such as herring with warm dill potato salad, and traditions such as Châteaubriand for two and foie gras tempted us. But I came for one thing, and one thing only. The duck confit.
|Confit de canard et ses pommes de terre landlaises|
Before you order your dinner, you must order dessert. There were again many choices, but I was told that the Grand Marnier soufflé was to die for. I don't think I could adequately do this dessert justice with my words. This dessert could easily be for two. Covered with just enough powdered sugar to lend a light sweetness, this soufflé had a citrus undertone to it; a mixture of lemon and Grand Marnier. It is served with a glass of Grand Marnier to boost the flavor. It absolutely melts in your mouth.
|Soufflé au Grand Marnier avec son verre|
117, rue du Cherche-Midi
Closed Saturday and Sunday