Restaurant La Place
3 Place Cambronne
75015 Paris, France
Tel: 01 47 34 10 59
Reviewed on Saturday 25 April 2009
La Place is a good bistro to stop by in you are near the Eiffel Tower. It is about a 15-minute walk from it, a lot closer if you are at the end of the Champs de Mars near the Ecole Militaire. The nearest metro station is Cambronne, named after the general famous for his reply at Waterloo battle.
The restaurant is nicely decorated, with sophisticated dark walls and rustic wood tables. It feels like a fashionable pub.
As starters we ordered a millefeuille de tomates & mozzarella (7.90 euros) and a tranche de foie gras (13 euros). They were followed by a magret de canard (17 euros) and a tartare poelé (15 euros). The wine, very good by the way, was a carafe of 50cl Chinon (14 euros). We also had two coffee (6.40 euros).
I was curious about the millefeuille of tomato and mozzarella: a millefeuille (French word for thousand leaves) is a pastry made of several layers of puff pastry filled in an alternated way with sweet cream if it is a dessert, or with spinach etc if it is a starter. Well, no pastry here but alternated tomato and mozzarella. It was served cold, with a salad dressing and nice balsamic vinegar sauce that was lightly sweet. It was good. The foie gras was good too, coming with some chutney.
Millefeuille de tomates et mozzarella
Tranche de foie gras
The magret de canard (duck) was great, served with a gratin dauphinois. The tartare poelé aller retour is a raw minced meat mixed with cornichons/shallots/herbs/spices that had been quickly seared on both sides. It was excellent, with a great spicy taste and not too spicy to mask the taste of the meat. It was served with a salad and good crispy frites.
Magret de canard
Tartare poelé aller retour
Cost and conclusion: it was 73.30 euros service charge included. Not cheap but the food was great, the surrounding cosy. Compared to many tourists trap places near the Eiffel tower, this is a good spot!