Every time I’m in Paris, it’s hard to resist the temptation to mosey on down to one of my favourite ‘Mom & Pop’ establishments nestled deeply in the heart of the Marais; Chez Robert et Louise.
This increasingly commercialised restaurant (we bought a t-shirt for lols at 20 euros) is still serving up the goods, since however-the-fuck-long it’s been around.
The slender entrance with parenthesis of exposed brick (legit, non-hipster style) and floral tiling, festooned with all manner of knick-knacks, turns your focus gently to the hot-coal grill and ridiculously small kitchen at it’s vanishing point… suggesting a well loved meal is being prepared.
Some dishes are so good they make me angry. Then there are those that make me furious. The Boudin Noir (€ 5.20) from Chez Robert et Louise, is one of those dishes.
But as you may have guessed, what we’re really here for, is the Côte de Bœuf pour deux (€40).
This massive hunk of beef rib is served with sliced baguette, sautéed potatoes, and an obligatory salad of decently dressed lettuce leaves. This thing will knock your socks off. Humbly presented with sea salt and small tub of mustard, it makes you understand; when a steak is served on a large enough, wooden chopping board… these people mean business.
64 Rue Vieille du Temple