19 ave Motte Piquet 7th arr., Paris
Tel - 01 45 55 40 38
Metro - Ecole Militaire
This is the second time I've been to Le Florimond. I think the last time was about 2 years ago but I wasn't impressed.
Today I was wandering around looking for lunch when I realized it was very late and I may have missed my last chance for a decent sit-down meal. I was walking rue Cler in the 7th and decided to detour to St Germain. When I stepped on ave Motte-Piquet I looked to the left and saw Le Florimond. I decide to walk over and see if they were still serving lunch and what the specials were.
To my delight they were stil open and the set price €19 lunch menu looked decent today. The set price, 3 course menu give 3 choices from each category. Dishes include meats, fish and internal organs (which I will have no part of).
The interior of Le Florimond is cozy and welcoming. The walls are golden yellow and the room is trimmed with dark woods and about 12-15 tables all dressed in crisp white linens. The best part is the Le Florimond is a non smoking bistro.
To start things off right, as I sat admiring the menu I was served 3 small cheese puffs which were laced with cumin seed. A tasty extra!
My starter selection is goat chesse and zucchini baked in a crisp pastry shell. On the side is a small bit of greens. The gooey goat cheese is pretty good but there wasn't enough zucchini inside to make a big difference. In general it was a tasty starter.
Today I am in a beef mood. It's Friday but I'm not catholic so I don't need to eat fish. There is one beef dish on the list and it's an "onglet du boeuf au poivre vert". That's beef in a green pepper sauce and it was delicious. The meat was cooked just right, medium rare, with a spicey delicioiu green pepper sauce. I know this is a classic French stand-by but it was really good! On the side was a cheesy layerd potato gratin which was the perfect side dish.
For dessert I selected the Gateau de Riz au Coulis de Clementines. I would call this a warm rice pudding in a sauce made from clemintines. The sauce had a very tasty flavor but the rice pudding lacked sweetness. It really wasn't bad, just not inspiring.
In addition to it's sweet atmosphere, Le Florimond is a very friendly bisto and I promise you will be greeted with a smile. Le Florimond is very popular and is recommended in many guidebooks so if you don't want to be disappointed, book ahead (your hotel will probably be able to help if you email them).
I give Le Florimond 3 hearts plus plus for good food, friendly service and a reasonable price fixed lunch.
Total bill including 1 glass of wine - $23.70.
I don't think an English menu is available but they are happy to help translate.
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