We were shopping in the 4th arrondissement; there were millions of people due to being Easter break in Europe. The weather was lovely and no wonder all the locals & tourists were out in force. It was lunch time and we knew it would be hard to get a table in the touristic parts of Le Marais. So; we decided to walk out of the touristic part. We decided to have lunch at a very popular bistro for lunch....Café Des Musées. We had no reservations but we were very very lucky to get a table right away.
This bistro is really famous for good, hearty & affordable food. The decor & atmosphere had the typical bistro flare...tiled floors, wooden table & chairs very close to one another, huge windows to let in the sunlight, huge chalkboards hanging with the wines & daily specials, open kitchen (with a Japanese chef) and happy clients eating and talking....I loved it!
I took the daily menu special that cost only 20 euros. It consisted of a starter, main dish & dessert. My starter was a Fois gras mousse. The mousse was topped with endives and walnuts. The mousse had a rich taste of fois gras and a lovely consistency which was smooth & creamy. The toppings added texture and flavours. Nice starter.
My main dish was a Cocotte with 3 different cuts from a pig. The cocotte arrived and man oh man, was it a hearty portion (I was very happy). The 3 three different cuts of the pig were tender, moist and tasty. The rich sauce was enough to keep the meat juicy and added a rich flavour. My tummy was content!
My friend did not take the daily menu but settled for Tartare de boeuf (17 euros). The tartare had fresh thick burgundy coloured meat which was hand chopped (a very good thing). My friend had to mix the ingredients himself to get the taste to his liking. The after the mixing of the ingredients...the tartare tasted so so good. Of course the tartare was accompanied with crispy french fries. A great combo.
My dessert was a Tiramisu. It was big enough to share with my friend. The tiramisu had a lovely consistency; rich, creamy & smooth. The tiramisu was light yet rich in taste. A nice way to end a meal.
Overall; another bistro that keeps the tradition of no non-sense hearty & delicious bistro food at reasonalb prices. How can they do a lunch menu at 20 euros and keep up the standard & quality? Actually, who cares and I hope they keep this up for a very very long time. The service was very efficient and friendly. Who can ask for more? The total bill with a bottle of badoit (4.80 euros) and two coffees (2.20 euros each) came to only 46.20 euros. A bargain.
49 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Tel.: 01 42 72 96 17