The restaurant itself, over 100 years old, is very charming and
picture-worthy. It is also very cheap (in Paris standard).
Our server was crazy funny and animated like he's a comedian.
Since he did not speak much English, he'd explain the menu items to us
using funny gestures and motion such as bending forward and flapping a
hand back and forth on his buttock to simulate a fish tail. He
made us laugh so hard! When he saw me take pictures of
everything, he immediately put an arm around KL and posed for me with a
thumbs-up sign (but I couldn't quite get that shot).
If only the food could match the service! First of all, the
starter and main came all at once, probably an "anti-French eating"
procedure. The foie gras was good but the one we had over lunch
the next day really put this one to shame.
KL's whole fish dish was dry and SO FISHY that it turns off your
appetite, not enhance it. Since I had such great experience with
duck confit the other day, I thought I'd try Chartier's version.
Big mistake! The duck was very dry and tough, not
melt-in-you-mouth tender at all.
Maybe we didn't order the really good dishes? (I heard that
beef stew and steak frites are good) How else can a restaurant survive
more than 100 years with food quality this low? Novelty alone
can't do it.
Chartier 7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre Metro: Grands Boulevards
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