For those of you that don’t know, the French love steak and fries. I’ve never really been a steak frites kind of gal until my recent lunch at Le “Relais de l’Entrecôte”. At this high-end Parisian chain, you’ll find the simplest menu in the city featuring one plat: entrecôte steak and fries in a famous secret sauce.
For those out there like me who have trouble making decisions, a meal at L’Entrecôte is refreshing. The menu (as pictured below) reads, “Today, our filet with famous sauce, french fries and salad with walnuts” followed by an optional list of red wine, cheese and dessert. All you have to do is sit down, tell the waitress how you like your steak cooked and then voilà, refill after refill of french fries and slices of premium cut beef.
The big mystery is the restaurant’s fameuse sauce. My French family and I spent several minutes trying to figure out what ingredients go into it. All we could come up with was something similar to a buttery pesto but with hints of thyme, vinegar and mustard. The green concoction may not sound or look pleasing but you’ll find yourself licking your plate clean after one taste. Don’t bother to ask for ketchup either – you can only have it one way.
One choice we did have during our lunch was dessert. While the younger girls and I opted for a bowl of ice cream, the rest of the family ordered the most tantalizing dessert I’ve ever seen – a meringue concoction (pictured below).
All steak frites lovers out there should indulge in this true Parisian dining experience – a favorite of several people I know. My only word of advice is to come hungry.