Bon rapport qualité-prix

Shhh. I’m about to tell you a secret. I can’t quite believe I’m going to tell you the address of one of the best places to get dinner without going broke in Paris. Café Med is located on Ile Saint-Louis, right behind Notre Dame Cathedral. The tiny island has one main street down the middle and a few streets that connect the Right to the Left Bank. The restaurant is on this main street (77, Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile). We’ve been coming here since 1998 and, while there have been some changes over the years, this little restaurant remains an incredible value. There are several prix-fixe menus at extremely reasonable price points. You can get salé et sucré crêpe with a bolé of cider for about 10.50 Euros, or a three course meal for either 13.90 or 19.90 Euros. I’m a big fan of their curried chicken, but I also highly recommend the mushroom risotto or the smoked salmon crêpe. I always go for the prix-fixe menus, but I’ve been with others who have ordered their big salads and been very pleased with their meals.

Today’s expression, bon rapport qualité-prix (bohn rappor kal-e-tay pree) means “good relationship between quality and price.” This is a phrase you’ll often see in French guide books. It’s another way of saying that a place or product represents a solid value. You may be able to find a cheaper three course dinner in Paris, and you’ll undoubtedly be able to find meals of greater elegance and refinement, but for a dependable meal that’ll leave me with change from 14 Euros, I go to Café Med every time I’m in Paris. Just don’t tell anyone else, or I’ll never be able to get a seat myself.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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6 Responses to Bon rapport qualité-prix

  1. theinkbrain says:

    Incredible – curry on a French Menu!

    • It’s mild, mind you. Curry flavors are making an increasing appearance in a mild form. This summer I had curried chicken sandwiches and a curried tuna quiche! Vive le curry!

      • theinkbrain says:

        Sounds like an excellent start.I still can’t quite believe that curry has infiltrated French cuisine!
        If you ever think of getting adventurous on your own you might like to check out ‘Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cooking’ for some great recipes. You might even graduate to spicy!

      • I eat at an Indian restaurant most weekends. Yum! I’m quite partial to spicy food – it’s France that needs to catch up!

  2. Cliff Gilbert says:

    Oh, it’s good.

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