Hello, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to introduce you Le Procope, one of the oldest café-restos in Paris.
The restaurant was opened in 1686 and still keep its tradition. In the past, the café served as a place to socialize among intellectuals and writers. Now, it’s a place loved by Parisiens and tourists.
When you see the place from outside, it maybe seem to be a normal building like other Paris’ old constructions. When you step in the restaurant, however, you would feel as if you were in the center of the history. At the end of the stairs, you would see the famous Napoleon’s Hat. On the walls, there are many portraits probably belonged to the rich.
For entrée, we ordered French Onion Soup which is one of the restaurant’s specialty and considered french traditional food. The portion is huge and heavy (full of cheese), but yummy. A bit salty in my taste, but most of dishes I’ve tried here in Paris were salty. I am not sure whether it’s possible to order less salt for a soup, but you may ask if you want plain flavor.
Main dishes were also big. We ordered Pavé de Thon mi-cuit(Tuna), Demi-magret de Canard(Duck), Blanquette de Veau Traditionnelle(Veal), and Traditionnel coq au vin “ivre de Juliénas”(chicken). All the dishes were good. Though Tuna can be improved a bit more in my opinion. Tuna tasted a bit fishy, so I felt it less fresh. The coarse salt sprinkle on the top of the fish wasn’t melted evenly thus some parts of the dish was saltier than other parts. My favorite was the Canard (duck). Duck was amazing with its sauce and vegetables. Since we ordered different types of dishes, it was hard to choose a wine for all of us. We asked a server to recommend us a glass of wine for us, and we ordered one from Bordeaux, entre-deux-mers.
The restaurant offers menu Procope (lunch) and menu Philosophe(dinner) with reasonable price among pre-selected choices for the dish.
Overall, it was a satisfactory visit. We had two onion soups, one guacamole with shrimps, four main dishes, and one bottle of wine. Total it was about 150 euros. It’s not cheap, but it wasn’t that expensive considering the atmosphere and the location of the restaurant, and of course the quality of the food.
The official website of the restaurant is as following. Le Procope
Enjoy your time at Le Procope 🙂
Address : 13 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006 Paris
Hours : Sun-Wed 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. / Thu-Sat 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.